Ramaphosa: Zuma deadly serious about new Cabinet

2014-06-18 10:44

Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma is "deadly serious" that his newly-appointed Cabinet performs, his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday.

Speaking at The New Age's business breakfast briefing in Cape Town, Ramaphosa said government had been told by ratings agencies that its National Development Plan was wonderful, "but we want to see whether you are indeed going to implement it".

He said the answer to that had been given by Zuma in his State of the Nation address on Tuesday evening.

"Ministers are going to be required to meet him and outline precisely what it is they are going to do in each of their portfolios. And thereafter, to sign clear and focused agreements with the president."

‘Watch this space’

The agreements would be supported by an evaluation and assessment mechanism that would monitor their performance.

"This time round, the president is deadly serious to see to it that there is clear performance from the men and women that he has appointed as his Cabinet ministers. Watch this space. There is going to be a clear performance," Ramaphosa said to loud applause.

"I've never seen the president more serious than this."

Earlier, Ramphosa singled out energy constraints as a factor inhibiting foreign investment.

"Many companies wanting to invest further look at our energy landscape and say we will not be able to
get on with our manufacturing... because there are energy constraints in South Africa."

Elaborating on decisions by ratings agencies to downgrade South Africa's credit rating and revise their outlook on the country's economy, he said government was "deeply concerned" about the economy.

Zuma ‘in good health’

"They [the agencies] are concerned about our growth outlook, which they believe has deteriorated over time. Some of them also raised the issue of the strike in the platinum belt. And we are as deeply concerned as all South Africans about the level of growth in our economy."

Responding to a question about Zuma's health, Ramaphosa said the president was "fully rested".

Ramaphosa said Zuma had "been under a lot of stress" as a result of the election campaign, where he had "pushed the envelope" quite a lot.

When Zuma delivered his address on Tuesday evening, it was the first time he was seen in public for a week, after the presidency and the ANC said he was fatigued.

Ramphosa said Zuma was now "in good health".

  • Djim Bie - 2014-06-18 10:50

    Don't worry zumpies, they'll perform well, each will get there own nkandla before you know it!

      Dee Bone - 2014-06-18 10:56


      Gavin Venter - 2014-06-18 11:01

      like the song says: HOW THE HELL CAN WE BELIEVE YOU ??

      Jeremy Thewasp - 2014-06-18 11:04

      Deadly serious? They have a moron like Bheki Cele who is Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries....ex Police Chief caught with his hands in the till.. WTF does he know about Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries As for the rest of the incompetent idiots they only there earning fat cat salaries and living the high life at our expense ANC & Zuma are big fat joke and a complete Govt embarrassment

      Reality - 2014-06-18 11:08

      Just as deadly serious as he was when he promised 4 million new jobs will be created before 2014?

      Scouter Four-One - 2014-06-18 11:08

      "This time round, the president is deadly serious to see to it that there is clear performance from the men and women that he has appointed as his Cabinet ministers." So, you are now admitting that he was not serious, the FIRST TIME around? Not a very well thought out statement, Cyril .....

      John Loveland - 2014-06-18 11:09

      "This time round, the president is deadly serious to see to it that there is clear performance" By implication he wasn't serious the previous times then?? Unfortunately words are cheap..... Zuma has failed us in the past

      Reality - 2014-06-18 11:11

      Or was he only serios last time but this time he is deadly serious? At what stage of "serious", "deadly serious", "more deadly serious" , "upper deadly serious" is he actually going to get up and do something?

      Jon Low - 2014-06-18 11:16

      He has to be EXTREMELY DEADLY serious. (While all the citizens ROFLMAO)

      Terrylin Backpackers - 2014-06-18 11:24

      Deadly serious - should we be afraid?

      Gavin Harrison - 2014-06-18 11:40

      "This time round, the president is deadly serious to see to it that there is clear performance from the men and women that he has appointed as his Cabinet ministers." So what was he before? Just messing around? F..king a.hole! He should have been deadly serious from the start! Useless d1ckh..d! So they are essentially admitting that previous cabinets underperformed? Something that was blatantly obvious to a lot of us anyway!

      Paul Mark Maarman - 2014-06-18 11:53

      The man does not look tired, he looks sick....

      NickvanGraan - 2014-06-18 11:54

      The fact that he is "deadly serious" should worry foreign investors even more.

      Michael Kleber - 2014-06-18 11:59

      If the ANC can put as much effort into governing the country as they did into developing Nkandla things would work much better

      George Anderson - 2014-06-18 12:14

      ""This time round, the president is deadly serious" so what happened last time was it a trial period or a joke.

      Gavin Harrison - 2014-06-18 12:19

      I would prefer seriously dead to deadly serious!

      Colin Craig Broadfoot - 2014-06-18 12:55

      Same face,same mouth, same sewerage pouring out of it.

      Marelize Booyens Barnard - 2014-06-18 13:15

      The problem is: what happens to them when they don't perform, as they won't. Nothing? As usual? Move them to another portfolio?

      Adrien McGuire - 2014-06-18 13:43

      I don't understand why he is only "Deadly serious about his cabinet" now ?? So what was he doing in his last term of office? Just a waste of 5 years !!

      Itumeleng Lethoko - 2014-06-18 15:27


      Kathi Smuts - 2014-06-18 16:36

      Loving the nickname for Zuma. It caught me at just the right moment. Thank you for making my day.

      SaintBruce Bruce - 2014-06-18 17:19

      Sorry Cyril - you are now a Politician so whatever you say is a lie , plain and simple! Let's just use one [1] example shall we? Energy is serious, deadly serious and Zuma sees this as so, right? So why has he selected one of the lowest performing ministers who has wrecked an entire industry to take charge of the energy portfolio? Tina Joemat Pettersson was probably the worst candidate for the energy security of this country! I would have put Prahvin Gordhan there - at least he can read a balance sheet! Folks - buy a generator, get solar panels and put up a windmill as Eskom will go dark soon.....

      Michael Nelson - 2014-06-18 22:33

      Saint Bruce, surely the ability to extract and install strategic dental work at will must have it's rewards??

      Omn Basso - 2014-06-20 00:20

      same fat faces

  • RDynasty LaFamilia - 2014-06-18 10:51

    Ther has been M&E wat they hav been doing all along....will they just start to monitor now. Nd signing agreement doesn't mean anything coz nothin happen wen same minister don't deliver they still get promoted,..BS#

  • lacrimosewolf - 2014-06-18 10:51

    Well good luck. They've never listened to JZ. Hope they listen to you

  • Vaughan - 2014-06-18 10:55

    "deadly serious" that his newly-appointed Cabinet performs, which in the eyes of Zuma translates to, "deadly serious" that they organize as many bribes as possible before the economy goes down the drain.

  • Hester Rectomy - 2014-06-18 11:02

    Clearly he wasn't serious in the past. He should be fired for not taking it seriously

  • Charl Charl - 2014-06-18 11:08

    Ramaphosa please you also a criminal like zuma who will believe you go to hell and your government.

  • Victor Cover Mkhaliphi - 2014-06-18 11:11

    Politics aside, The president knows this is his last chance to make a mark. Be that as it may, I wish him and his cabinet luck,because all I want is to see the lives of our people changing for the better.

      Babs Putar - 2014-06-18 14:16

      You have two chances for that to happen - no chance or a dog's chance as the old saying goes. There is no cure for incompetence unfortunately. Then the ANC MP's still applaude a man that can't speak without reading his notes and not good at reading either. Please we have already been embarrassed enough.

  • Jon Low - 2014-06-18 11:14

    "Performing"? Like jugglers or clowns?

  • Izack Madisa - 2014-06-18 11:14

    u fail 2 pay yr workers instead u bought wild cattle 17million

      Deeked De Dose - 2014-06-18 11:59


      Ronnie Kruger - 2014-06-18 12:10

      If CR paid the R17 m to the 20 000 workers in the mine, each one would have received R17 per week for one year.

  • Charl Charl - 2014-06-18 11:15

    New cabinet there go our tax payers money ramaphosa you know how to lie,can see you scared of a white government .

      Mbuti Manopole - 2014-06-18 11:24

      White goverment ? Lol gggrrr !

  • Bongs Ndlazi - 2014-06-18 11:16

    Is he dead seriously?

  • Andre Burrows - 2014-06-18 11:18

    Why does Zuma not sign a Performance Contract? Rule 1 , " Obey the Public Protector", rule 2 "go to court and prove your innocence on 738 charges of fraud"

  • Mbuti Manopole - 2014-06-18 11:19

    Textile industries , Shale Gas exploration , intensification of labour and educational fundings caught me by suprice lastnite ...congratulations for ANC and their National development Plan

      Positive Citizen - 2014-06-18 16:54

      having an idea is relatively worthless without the 99.9% hard work that goes with it. i.e many words have been spoken to date . . . where are the results? our 'position' in the world has dropped dramatically against all other developing countries . . . interesting to note that our infrastructure (necessary for best performance) is relatively very good . . . mmmmm something is not right in the kitchen? IMO it's important to be objective when compiling our belief structure/s.

      Positive Citizen - 2014-06-18 16:57

      btw i also like to believe that 'this time round' it will be better . . . i.e. ramaphosa is a businessan who most likely understands that RSA is just a glorified big company with a bunch of departments that require some serious controls and communication apps to keep them productive and honest etc.

  • larry.simon.7 - 2014-06-18 11:19

    Wl done all of you ANC voters. You got what you want another 5 years of economic decay. Don't protest you asked for it.

  • James Maswoba - 2014-06-18 11:22

    he was not serious he was just tired. what is it that he is going to do to those ministers if they don't perform?. Nothing.

      Janine Filmer - 2014-06-21 13:34

      They will be promoted.

  • Robert Starke - 2014-06-18 11:24

    What a joke - just another front for more corruption

  • Bloody Agent - 2014-06-18 11:26

    Lol, yeah, sure. For the 1st 6months, then it will be business as usual.

  • Bloody Agent - 2014-06-18 11:27

    @ James: he will do something about it!! He'll move them to another position in parliment.

  • Gandanga Tororo - 2014-06-18 11:27

    Zuma has 'Malema' fever, he will get used it very soon and he will be back! For he has to be dragged around!???

  • jimzimbo - 2014-06-18 11:31

    Ahh that explains the current shambolic situatioin...he wasn't deadly serious in his previous term as SA president????

  • Liyema Mbatiwe - 2014-06-18 11:32

    Deadly dead!!

  • Rty Rty - 2014-06-18 11:33

    "This time round, the president is deadly serious..." so the previous years the ANC was not serious at all. busy enriching themselves...

  • Mark Neil Wade - 2014-06-18 11:33

    im unsure how a cabinet appointed on political loyalty rather than skill can do anything other than clap hands and applaude Jacob and his R246 0000 000 palace ....

  • William Lebotschy - 2014-06-18 11:33

    Oh Dear, the incompetent is to replace the collective.

  • Ricky Singh - 2014-06-18 11:39

    And the "people of South Africa " are deadly serious about their future as well,but we can't fire you if you don't perform,that's the irony of a democracy.

  • Ygivadamn - 2014-06-18 11:41


  • Peter Michael Staffen - 2014-06-18 11:47

    one of there famous promises

  • Steven Helberg - 2014-06-18 11:48

    What does he mean 'This time round, the president is deadly serious to see to it that there is clear performance from the men and women that he has appointed as his Cabinet ministers.' What about the other 'rounds' were they just practice rounds? Can we get our tax money back?

  • antonio.tonin.58 - 2014-06-18 11:51

    Cyril, back in the dark days we had great respect for your leadership and integrity. How can you now compromise yourself by pandering to this corrupt boss who puts incompetent people into crucial portfolios? Them signing agreements with JZ won't suddenly make them competent and you know that!

  • antonio.tonin.58 - 2014-06-18 11:51

    Cyril, back in the dark days we had great respect for your leadership and integrity. How can you now compromise yourself by pandering to this corrupt boss who puts incompetent people into crucial portfolios? Them signing agreements with JZ won't suddenly make them competent and you know that!

  • Renaud Dehainaut - 2014-06-18 11:52

    this time around, why not before

  • Paul Mark Maarman - 2014-06-18 11:53

    The man does not look tired, he looks sick....

      Marelize Booyens Barnard - 2014-06-18 13:24

      Mayb a shower does in fact not prevent or cure aids? Hmmmmmmm, interesting!!!!!!

  • Michael Freeman - 2014-06-18 11:53

    Birds of a feather flock together. Ramaphosa was talking at the Gapta's business breakfast. Ramaphosa who are you trying to kid. Zuma does not know the meaning of the word SERIOUS.

  • mark.heath.3388 - 2014-06-18 11:55

    I keep seeing their lips moving but all I ever hear is blah blah blah!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Deeked De Dose - 2014-06-18 11:55

    So, if Zumba is serious this time, that means he was telling lies the last time....

  • phogole.ragi - 2014-06-18 11:58

    If ur serious then remove those corrupt ministers en zuma as well,or maybe this tym ur serious abt corruption??

  • michaelfzar - 2014-06-18 11:59

    So they only intend on performing now.. Haha doubtful

  • Marina Smalberger - 2014-06-18 12:01

    I wish i could believe them, but not possible for a lot of people. Respect can only be earned , you cant get it for free.

  • Craig Drysdale - 2014-06-18 12:02

    does that mean if they don't perform, he will commit suicide. I mean "deadly serious" could mean as much.

  • Zanele Nomatshila - 2014-06-18 12:04

    Hey folks, kids are writing thier mid year exams, what can we do to help them pass "sighing" Hheee did you also notice that drug abuse rate is very high, we need to seriously pray for this problem"smiling"

  • Marina Smalberger - 2014-06-18 12:08

    In the past i respected dty Ramaphosa a lot, i thought he was wise and honest, but these days i don't know. I am very sceptical of him, don't know if he has any strong values. I think he is the same just the rest of them. I want to see something more possitive about him, i believe he can do better for the nation as a whole, not only for the ANC. THis is his moment to show us what he can provide us all.

      jimzimbo - 2014-06-18 12:25

      There's a thin line between a successful businessman and a unprincipaled crook....

  • SydneyG - 2014-06-18 12:11

    So, according to this clown: for the last 5 years we've been had and duped to believe Zuma meant every word he's uttered during his last 6 sonas? "dead serious", "unpacking", "new government", "new administration, but same ol none performing faces", "collective leadership" is the only glossary that can be found in the exclusive ANC ddictionary! Now, today, tomorrow or next year have opposite meaning from the universal understanding of the these words. This guy lost my respect many, many moons ago...he's no presidential material since he's the ars#-kisser!

  • Linda Horsfield - 2014-06-18 12:14

    Zuma expects his cabinet to perform - but what about him? I suppose you cant expect competency from a semi literate inumerate ANC appointee, so he will continue get the taxpayers to pay for his personal enrichment, and then claim ignorance - which is the only time he has told the truth - he is ignorant!

  • Leonard Tau - 2014-06-18 12:15

    nomvula mokonyane who is now minister of water said voters in gauteng are dirty,joemat Peterson was investigated of corruption and was found guilty by public protector,nathi mthethwa abandoned the brutal killings in mining sector and his house was painted with a police budget .now how serious is the president?for appointing friends as ministers

  • andre.hannekom - 2014-06-18 12:21

    This is a good start, should've been done 5 years ago. I'll be giving you the benefit of the doubt...

      SydneyG - 2014-06-18 12:53

      Benefit of a doubt some 1825 days, really now, Andre?

      Celeste Maxime Lackay - 2014-06-18 20:26

      "THIS TIME round, the president is deadly serious to see to it that there is clear performance from the men and women that he has appointed as his Cabinet ministers." REALLY?! Good start my foot!

  • Zwelithini Mdluli - 2014-06-18 12:21

    Cyril Buffalo Ramaphosa Big fat lie

  • Lee Jansen - 2014-06-18 12:24

    Why not just dead!

  • Kathi Smuts - 2014-06-18 12:25

    I smell the name of a new band............ More Deadly than Serious. .

  • Kathi Smuts - 2014-06-18 12:31

    Is Mac Maakaraas, writing Cyril's speeches as well.

  • Joaquim Rodrigues - 2014-06-18 12:34

    F### you and your cabinet!

      Kathi Smuts - 2014-06-18 16:23

      ever wondered why it is called a cabinet.