DA rates Zuma at rock bottom of a lacklustre Cabinet

2015-11-27 17:31
President Jacob Zuma. (Gianluigi Guercia, AFP)

President Jacob Zuma. (Gianluigi Guercia, AFP)

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President Jacob Zuma and eight ministers scored rock bottom in the DA’s annual report card, with not one member of Cabinet worthy of an A grade.

Only one minister, the “hands-on” Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor, scored a B according to the opposition party’s score sheet.

In a scathing critique of the president, DA leader Mmusi Maimane accused Zuma of excelling at only one thing – “putting his personal needs above those of the people he was elected to serve”.

“President Zuma has failed South Africa on all accounts and has done immeasurable damage to our economy and our image abroad”, he said at a media briefing at Parliament today, giving Zuma an F-.

Saying that Zuma had presided over the worst-performing Cabinet in 21 years, Maimane added that the president had “displayed a complete lack of empathy for the challenges being faced by citizens”.

Also scoring an F- were: Minister of Water and Sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane, for ineptitude and lacking political will; Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini for failing to meet key targets to reduce inequality in the country; and Minister of Communications Faith Muthambi, for overseeing a department which was an “unmitigated disaster”.

Minister of Higher Education and training Blade Nzimande dropped to an F this year, in part for failing to effectively tackle the #FeesMustFall crisis. The others who scored an F were Minister of Labour Mildred Oliphant, Minister of Women in the Presidency Susan Shabangu, Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba and Minister of Energy Tina Joemat-Pettersson.

Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene was among six who scored a C. Nene was described as being increasingly isolated because he is fighting too many battles on too many fronts.

Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Minister Jeff Radebe also scored a C, and was credited with running a well-managed department that had obtained a clean audit.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa was among 12 ministers who scored a D.

“The Deputy President has spent the largest part of 2015 playing “Mr Fix-It” as he attempts to mitigate “some of the largest failures of President Zuma’s Cabinet, such as ailing parastatals and the disastrous job-killing visa regulations”.

Nine ministers, including Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko, scored an E. The DA said there was lots of “acting” but no substantive performance. “This is a minister whose sole concern is political manoeuvring to protect President Jacob Zuma.”

Predictably, when asked at the media briefing how the DA would rate its own performance amid considerable challenges and controversies of its own, DA chief Whip John Steenhuisen quipped that the opposition parties overall would get a B+ grade.

Scorecard: How the DA rated Zuma's Cabinet

JACOB ZUMA, president: Unashamedly put himself and the ANC first. F-

FAITH MUTHAMBI, communications: Her leadership an unmitigated disaster. F-

BATHABILE DLAMINI, social development: failed the poorest of the poor. F-

NOMVULA MOKONYANE, water and sanitation: lacks resolve and ingenuity in finding a solution to the water crisis. F-

BLADE NZIMANDE, higher education and training: does not seek creative and expansive solutions to problems. F

TINA JOEMAT-PETTERSSON, energy: long absences speak to a department bereft of leadership. F

MALUSI GIGABA, home affairs: Creating uncertainty and confusion and should be recalled. F

MILDRED OLIPHANT, labour: treats parliamentary questions with contempt and lacks vision. F

SUSAN SHABANGU, women: little indication the department is making a difference in the lives of women. F

EBRAHIM PATEL, economic development: failed to bolster local economic development. E

NKOSINATHI NHLEKO, police: sole concern is political manoeuvring to protect Zuma. E

MOSEBENZI ZWANE, mineral resources: took over with poor prospects. E

NOSIVIWE MAPISA-NQAKULA, defence and military veterans: Reluctant to address the tough issues. E

SENZANI ZOKWANA, agriculture, forestry and fisheries: – no clearly articulated vision. E

NGOAKO RAMATHLODI, public service and administration: moved to a department that has no obvious clear vision or policy framework. E

GUGILE NKWINTI, rural development and land reform: damaged investor confidence and spread a sense of bad faith. E

FIKILE MBALULA, sports and recreation: lack of policy coherence, skewed priorities and inadequate resource allocation. E

SIYABONGA CWELE, telecommunications and postal services: indifferent attitude. E

DIPUO PETERS, transport: unclear vision and absent in times of crisis. E

MICHAEL MASUTHA, justice and correctional services: failed dismally in the exercise of his constitutional obligations. D-

CYRIL RAMAPHOSA, deputy president: As “Mr Fix-it”, his work is far from over. D

NATHI MTHETHWA, arts and culture: failed to give clear direction to his department. D

LYNNE BROWN, public enterprise: often toothless and unable to execute the necessary oversight over entities. D

ANGIE MOTSHEKGA, basic education: one of the better performing ministers, but policy direction is wrong. D

PRAVIN GORDHAN, cooperative governance and traditional affairs: is now “singing for his supper” like a multitude of other ANC cadres. D

LINDIWE SISULU, human settlements: the energy displayed in 2014 seems to have fizzled away. D

MAITE NKOANA-MASHABANE, international relations and cooperation: reluctant to address human rights issues. D

LINDIWE ZULU, small business development: Although a new department, she must be accountable for its lack of performance. D

DAVID MAHLOBO, state security: policy that determine direction need to be finalised. D

ROB DAVIES, trade and industry: policy direction damaging to the economy. D

DEREK HANEKOM, tourism: lack of intervention and leadership, particularly over visa debacle C

JEFF RADEBE, planning, monitoring and evaluation: sufficient evidence that the minister has a vision and desire for a well-run department. C

EDNA MOLEWA, environmental affairs: satisfactory parliamentary attendance, but failing to win the battle against wildlife crime. C

NHLANHLA NENE, finance: fighting too many battles on too many fronts. C

AARON MOTSOALEDI, health: Some excellent initiatives but misguided in policy direction. C

THULAS NXESI, public works: main cheerleader and defender of Zuma throughout the Nkandla scandal. C

NALEDI PANDOR, science and technology: hands-on and fully aware of the strengths and weaknesses in her department. B
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