Ramaphosa's success depends on cabinet: Madonsela

Former public protector Thuli Madonsela says President Cyril Ramaphosa needs to rise to the occasion and appoint leaders with integrity. Courtesy #DStv403

CAPE TOWN - Former public protector Thuli Madonsela has weighed in on the kind of person President Cyril Ramaphosa should include in his new Cabinet.

She says the president needs to rise to the occasion and appoint leaders with integrity.

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She says Ramaphosa will be closely watched as to the type of person he appoints to his Cabinet.

"How should he choose? Must be competent, trustworthy and least selfish," said Madonsela who was delivering the Archbishop Thabo Makgoba lecture at the University of the Western Cape.

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Cabinet Madonsela believes parliamentarians fail democracy when they put their interests ahead of those of the people.

She says parliamentarians should remember that they are appointed to represent the people and that they should drive the agenda for change.

Madonsela further stated that not enough is done to train MPs about their ethical responsibilities.

"The appointment of ministers should not be a job creation exercise," she said.

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Madonsela also had a word of warning for incoming MPs.

"Nobody is above the law, no matter who they are - democracy should work for all of us," she said.

Madonsela says new MPs can expect the electorate to judge them within the next two years because they can no longer afford to wait for five.

eNCA reporter Lindsay Dentlinger has more details in the video above.