María Espinosa, President United Nations General Assembly

The United Nations General Assembly President, María Espinosa has applauded South Africa’s first gender-parity’ cabinet announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa.

She gave the commendation in a tweet following Ramaphosa’s announcement of the new cabinet in which, for the first time in the country’s history, fifty per cent of all ministers are women.

Espinosa described the decision as a strong example of an inclusive leadership style which will bear fruits not only for South Africa but for the entire region.

Ramaphosa reduced the number of ministers in what he called a bloated cabinet from thirty six to twenty eight.

In another surprise move, one of the fourteen female Ministers identified as Patricia de Lille is a member of the opposition Good Party.