How Gauteng ANC rates Zuma

2012-07-28 17:42

ANC branches in Gauteng are preparing themselves for the party’s Mangaung elections in December by rating the performance of the national executive committee (NEC).

Nominations for the party’s leadership positions only open in October, but the debate has already started.

Gauteng ANC spokesperson Nkenke Kekana said: “Gauteng branches are now in a phase of evaluation of the NEC. We have not yet started talking about names.”

City Press has obtained a lengthy SMS, which is doing the rounds in the Gauteng ANC, with a scorecard of President Jacob Zuma’s

Titled Presidential Evaluation Scorecard, it says Zuma’s good points are:

» Won 2009 and 2011 elections for ANC;

Appointed “balanced” Cabinet of supporters and opponents in 2009;

» Developed some rural areas, including his Nkandla homestead;

» Announced government’s huge infrastructure roll-out programme;

» Had Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma made AU commission chairperson;

» Lobbied for SA to join Brics;
But the weak points outnumber the good:

» Having an extra-marital baby;

» Didn’t declare his interests;

» Weak administrative support;

» Debacle around appointment and his choice of Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng;

» Appointment of Menzi Simelane as national director of public prosecutions;

» Handling of the scandal around the late minister of cooperative governance Sicelo Shiceka;

» Attacks on the independence of the judiciary;

» Announcement of the arms deal commission of inquiry (the ANC had wanted the matter closed);

» Handling of the sacking of former police chief Bheki Cele;

» His firing of public works minister Geoff Doidge;

» Resignations of senior intelligence chiefs;

» Voting in favour of military intervention in Libya;

» The Limpopo textbook crisis;

» “Creating” Julius Malema and allowing the drawn-out disciplinary process against him;

» The Richard Mdluli saga;

» Frequent Cabinet reshuffles;

» “Double standards” on ANC processes and discipline;

» Lack of ANC unity;

» Alienation of mass democratic movement formations like churches;

» “Messing up” national day celebrations;

» The Spear debacle;

» Youth voter apathy and bad performance in surveys;

» Uninspiring and factional leadership;

» Enrichment of family coinciding with his becoming president;

» “Unprecedented” public criticism of a sitting president; and

» Questions around whether he could lead the ANC to 2014 and 2019 election victories.

– Additional reporting by Sabelo Ndlangisa 

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