Elected MPs less than half in Cabinet
LESS than half of the Cabinet ministers are directly elected from the constituencies.
This is much against the constitutional provision, which calls for at least half of the ministers to be those that were elected from the constituencies. Section 67 (3) says, “At least half the number of ministers shall be appointed from among the elected members of the House.”
The obtaining situation at Cabinet is that only eight of the 20 members of the Cabinet were elected directly from the people. This means the elected members of the Cabinet account for only 40 per cent of the entire Cabinet team. Even if Prime Minister Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini and Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) Themba Nhlanganiso Masuku were not to be considered as ministers, the situation would still be the same. The elected ministers would still not form half of the Cabinet team.
The removal of the two would bring the number of Cabinet ministers to 18. This would then call for at least nine ministers to form part of the Cabinet ministers. With eight of the elected ministers being part of the Cabinet, it shows that still, the number of elected ministers does not form part of the Cabinet.
Among the Cabinet ministers, six senators have been appointed. One of the senators has been the one elected by MPs. This is Minister for Health Lizzy Nkosi. Other senators appointed include DPM Themba Masusku, Mancoba Khumalo (Commerce, Industry and Trade), Princess Sikhanyiso (ICT), Peter Bhembe (Natural Resources and Energy), and Thuli Dladla (Education and Training).
Appointed The number of MPs making up the Cabinet team is 14, including the prime minister, who is also an MP. Half of the appointed MPs also made it to the Cabinet. They include Ministers Neal Rijkenberg (Finance), Pholile Shakantu (Justice and Constitutional Affairs), Chief Ndlaluhlaza Ndwandwe (Public Works and Transport), Prince Simelane (Housing and Urban Development), and Princess Lindiwe (Home Affairs).
This shows that the Cabinet is formed of legislators from both chambers of Parliament. This is in accordance with Section 67 (2) of the Constitution, which says, “The King shall appoint ministers from both chambers of Parliament on the recommendation of the Prime Minister”