Cosatu 100% behind De Lille

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng swears in Patricia de Lille as minister of public works and infrastructure. The Good party leader is the only minister from opposition benches.
Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng swears in Patricia de Lille as minister of public works and infrastructure. The Good party leader is the only minister from opposition benches.
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Cosatu has welcomed the appointment of Good party leader Patricia de Lille into the ANC-led government.

The federation's president Zingiswa Losi told Sowetan yesterday she remained hopeful De Lille would execute her duties with professionalism.

"Many people have crisscrossed political parties and it's not about how long you have served in the ANC or how long have you crisscrossed political parties, it's about, 'are you a credible leader who can be trusted and execute in the interests of South Africans'?" said Losi.

De Lille made a surprise entry into President Cyril Ramaphosa's cabinet on Wednesday, where she is the the only minister who
comes from the opposition benches. She will head the ministry of public works and infrastructure.

Losi said the federation was not opposed to her appointment as her track record has proven that she knows how to handle administrative affairs, having been the mayor of Cape Town.

"We hope she will do a sterling job, so she must be given the necessary support like all other ministers and deputy ministers. During her recent saga in the DA, part of the issues she was dealing with was spatial planning in ensuring that people are accessing areas that were predominantly exclusive to the African people," said Losi.

De Lille's six-month-old party clinched two seats in parliament.

Yesterday, De Lille took her oath of office at the Sefako Makgatho presidential guesthouse in Tshwane, along with 27 other ministers and 34 deputy ministers.

De Lille's appointment is a boost for her credibility and the ANC, which has over the past two terms failed to reclaim back the Western Cape, which is led by the DA.

After months of court battles and public spats with the DA's leadership, De Lille resigned from the DA to form the Good party.

While it's not the first time that the ANC-led government has appointed a member from the opposition benches, Cosatu denounced those that have objected to De Lille's appointment.

"She is accountable to the president and has a responsibility to implement the policies of the ANC in government and that is the standard by which she must be measured upon and not where she's coming from, but what she's capable of doing," Losi said.

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