CAPE TOWN Sunny. Cool.

MIN13
MAX17
7 day
  • Sunday 13-17°c Morning clouds. Mild. Morning clouds. Mild.
    Monday 15-18°c High level clouds. Mild. High level clouds. Mild.
    Tuesday 15-19°c Mostly sunny. Mild. Mostly sunny. Mild.
    Wednesday 14-19°c Morning clouds. Mild. Morning clouds. Mild.
    Thursday 15-21°c Morning clouds. Mild. Morning clouds. Mild.
    Friday 15-20°c Sunny. Mild. Sunny. Mild.
More News

Joemat-Pettersson leaves with 'head held high'

2014-05-26 11:13
(Sapa)

Cape Town - Former Agriculture Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson says she did her best in the portfolio, and leaves with her head held high.

Speaking to Die Burger after she was appointed energy minister in President Jacob Zuma's new Cabinet, Joemat-Pettersson said the ministry was on a downward slope when she took over.

She said she made more funding available for research and trade, and ensured greater access to markets. However, she conceded she would have liked to have done more, especially providing faster disaster aid to commercial farmers.

Joemat-Pettersson also stated there was a "well orchestrated" campaign to discredit her, and she was blamed for a lot of problems, including the farm workers strike, whereas she actually travelled the country preventing further such strikes.

Both the Transvaal Agriculture Union and Agri-SA told Die Burger that Joemat-Pettersson was approachable and had an "open door" policy, but was also caught up in internal ANC battles.

In January, the DA gave Joemat-Pettersson her third F in its annual Cabinet report card, saying she was the subject of two damning public protector reports and should have been fired a long time ago.

She was also criticised for acting recklessly and unethically by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, in a report on the awarding of an R800m tender.

The new minister of agriculture, forestry and fisheries is Senzeni Zokwana, former president of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM).

Read more on: tina joemat-petterrson  |  jacob zuma  |  elections 2014  |  politics

More In This Category
Civil servants need to put ordinary South Africans first - KZN premier

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu has called on civil servants to put ordinary South Africans first.

How do they expect people to live like this? - Maimane

DA leader Mmusi Maimane has blamed President Jacob Zuma and the ANC for bad living conditions in Zandspruit during a visit to the informal settlement.

Go out and vote - Zuma

President Jacob Zuma has called on all South Africans to exercise their democratic right by going out in their numbers to vote.

IEC confident it will deliver free and fair municipal election

With less than 100 days to go until the 2016 municipal elections, the IEC says it is confident it will deliver free and fair polls on August 3.

Comments
Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
84 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
News24 |   OLX  |  Property24  |  Careers24  |  Spree  |