Zille a sceptic, but Buthelezi hopes for better

2012-06-13 00:00

DEMOCRATIC leader Helen Zille believes the country has had enough cabinet reshuffles under President Jacob Zuma and that it is bad for service delivery.

Noting that Zuma had reshuffled his cabinet for the third time in as many years, Zille slated this as disruptive for government departments and civil servants, and said it only served to slow down delivery.

“Reshuffles must be undertaken to replace underperforming ministers and promote those ministers who perform well.

“In this case, it seems President Zuma has punished those ministers who have not been willing to serve as his vocal cheerleaders, and has promoted those who are willing to do so”

Zille also said she believed yesterday’s cabinet reshuffle and the appointment of a new police chief, revealed a president desperate to shore up support ahead of his party’s elective conference in December

However, IFP president Mangosuthu Buthelezi said his party hoped that the reshuffle would strengthen some of the non-performing government departments.

“…We are optimistic that it will go a long way in improving government’s lacklustre service delivery record.”

Buthelezi said he was of the view that corruption remained a fundamental threat to the country’s constitutional democracy.

“It is a key element in our economic underperformance and a major obstacle to poverty alleviation and development. I am therefore hopeful that President Zuma will continue to hold accountable those who underperform and fail our nation,” Buthelezi said

The ANC’s tripartite ally, the SACP, was upbeat about the new appointments, particularly the promotion of another of their leaders, Ben Martins, to a full ministerial post.

It said the reshuffle was necessary to improve service delivery.

Cosatu also welcomed the new appointments.

In its reaction, the ANC said it believed the reshuffle would enhance capacity in government, particularly in the departments where there were vacancies. “We believe that these comrades collectively and individually have a lot to offer both in terms of experience and commitment.

“We believe that as the country is confronted by new challenges in service delivery and in terms of our commitment to improve the quality of life of our people, we have no choice but to continue to refine our strategies and capacity to meet our challenge,” an ANC statement read.

— Witness Reporter

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