Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma is more concerned about
creating jobs for his friends than good governance, the DA said on Monday.
"The appointment of minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson to
the energy portfolio is yet another indication that President Zuma is far more
concerned with creating jobs for his pals than he is about good
governance," said Democratic Alliance MP Lance Greyling.
"Instead of being fired, Minister Joemat-Pettersson has
been rewarded for her long-standing loyalty to President Zuma."
Greyling said Joemat-Pettersson was ineffective in her
"After a dismal performance as the minister of
agriculture, forestry, and fisheries (DAFF), President Zuma has chosen to
promote Minister Joemat-Pettersson to the crucial ministry of energy."
She was implicated in a damning report by Public Protector
Thuli Madonsela over irregularities in the awarding of an R800m Sekunjalo
tender. She was also implicated in the bungling of the DAFF’s fishing rights
allocation process which saw thousands of fishing rights holders unemployed.
Greyling said the energy portfolio was tasked with
overseeing an energy build programme that would exceed R1 trillion, which was
far more than any other infrastructure build programme in South Africa.
"The president has essentially placed a fox in a
hen-house by entrusting this minister with trillions of [rands worth of] public
money. If we could not trust minister Joemat-Petterson to issue fishing
licences, how can we be expected to trust her with keeping South Africa’s
lights on?" he asked.
However, the SA Petroleum Industry Association (Sapia)
welcomed her appointment and that of her deputy Thembi Majola.
"We welcome both [of them]... and look forward to
continue working with the department of energy on the crucial energy sector of
our economy," Sapia chairperson Bonang Mohale said.
"We will continue to work in partnership with [them]...
to drive key issues in the energy sector, such as economic transformation,
biofuels, clean fuels... and security of supply."
Trade, economic development
Meanwhile, the National Association of Automobile
Manufacturers of SA (Naamsa) welcomed the retention of Trade and Industry
Minister Rob Davies and Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel.
"Both ministries were strategically important in
facilitating the future growth and development of the entire South African
automotive Industry," Naamsa president Johan Van Zyl said on Monday.
"Continuity and stability in ministerial leadership is
vital in this regard."
Naamsa also congratulated new Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene
and Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown.
"Both ministries were also critically important to the
future direction of the South African automotive industry and the
Justice, correctional services
The Law Society of SA (Lssa) welcomed the merger of the
justice and correctional services departments and congratulated new minister
"We note the thinking behind the combination of two
large and challenging departments to be guided by the intention to improve
efficiency in the criminal justice system," co-chairmen Ettienne Barnard
and Max Boqwana said.
"We wish the minister well in this regard. We are
pleased to note that two deputy ministers have been appointed to support him in
this enormous task."
The LSSA offered its support to Masutha and his deputies.
The SA Attorneys Association (Saaa) also welcomed the merger
"The minister and his deputies are wished well for
their term and can be assured the SA Attorneys Association is always willing to
discuss and advise on issues concerning the profession and access to justice
for the public," said association chairperson Praveen Sham.