Jacob Zuma’s allies spared the axe

2013-09-15 10:01

President Jacob Zuma’s political allies, Blade Nzimande and Thulas Nxesi, are among the ministers at the bottom of their class, according to government’s own scorecards.

The scorecards track departments’ performance between the end of April last year and April this year.

The departments of higher education and public works scored poorly, yet their political heads escaped the ­guillotine when Zuma reshuffled his Cabinet in July.

Both Nzimande and Nxesi are linked to the SA Communist Party, whose sphere of influence has grown in government.

They are seen as strong Zuma allies, which might explain their staying ­power despite poor performance by the departments over which they preside.

Performance Monitoring and ­Evaluation Minister Collins Chabane released his report on government performance earlier this week.

Minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities Lulu ­Xingwana has also escaped the axe despite ­consistently performing poorly.

The scorecards might account for why Zuma fired Richard Baloyi, the former cooperative governance and ­traditional affairs minister, when he ­reshuffled Cabinet in July.

Both departments Baloyi presided over got low scores compared with ­average performers.

Edna Molewa is a star performer in environmental affairs, but she is a poor leader in water affairs.

In July, Chabane tabled a report on government performance at the ANC lekgotla, shortly after the reshuffle.

A member of the ANC national executive committee told City Press that the ANC was concerned about poor performance in government departments, especially the new departments.

Star performers include the justice and constitutional development ­department, headed by Minister Jeff Radebe, and science and technology, which was under Naledi Pandor at the time of the research.

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