Zuma: Ministers' performances unpredictable

2011-11-01 12:02

Cape Town - It is impossible to know how people will perform when they are appointed to public office, President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday.

"You cannot know how people will perform," Zuma told a business breakfast meeting when asked about his sacking two ministers and suspending national police commissioner Bheki Cele.

"Once a person is in the job then the reality comes. You can't say that because I made a choice I better stick to it. You want to see things happen," he said.

Zuma announced a Cabinet reshuffle last week, which included replacing then Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Sicelo Shiceka and Public Works Minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde.

Shiceka was alleged to have spent about R600 000 of taxpayers' money on unsanctioned luxury travel, including overseas visits to a girlfriend imprisoned in Switzerland for drug smuggling.

Mahlangu-Nkabinde was found guilty by the public protector of wrongdoing for her role in a SA Police Service lease deal.

Cele was suspended with full pay and Nhlanhla Mkwanazi appointed acting commissioner.
Zuma said government could not be reckless and emotional in its decisions.

"As a government we must retain our character as a responsible entity," he said.
"We can't act recklessly.

"The government cannot be taken by emotional and sensational issues."

Decisions had to be correct and well thought-out, he said.

  • francois.roux1 - 2011-11-01 12:18

    It's not impossible, if they have the right qualifications and are not appointed simply because they are you r buddies or "struggled" for something then they will most likely be able to do the job. Unfortunately ministers are not appointed on any of these grounds...

      En - 2011-11-01 13:50

      So every qualified person performs as their CV "says" they should? Was it not highly qualified investment bankers from America's top universities who caused the wall street crash, and near global depression? People change, regardless of qualifications. That's not to say qualified people shouldn't be employed.

      Sedick - 2011-11-08 10:20

      Francois, I agree. If you appoint corrupt people of dubious character, you can expect them to steal and abuse funds. Zuma makes appointments of Cadres that were found to be corrupt by judges and commissions, and is then surprised or is he? And if they are not qualified for the job, what can you expect. @EN. While I agree with you on the Wall street issue, Zumas appointments are not the same issue....

  • JohhnyBGood - 2011-11-01 12:19

    Ever heard of performance based contracts ? If I dont perform, I get booted --chop-chop. Why not the same here ?

  • Tgif - 2011-11-01 12:25

    Dear Mr president, I strongly disagree , if the minister appointed is an ANC Cadre then you can predict very accurately that he will be corrupt, self serving , useless and incompetent. It's a no brainer actually

      phumlanii - 2011-11-01 12:44

      I don't think every ANC cadre is about corruption. It's that the majority that are corrupted which than conceals the good done by others.

      GEZABABE - 2011-11-01 13:02

      If that's how you feel then every white person is racist.

      jody.beggs - 2011-11-01 13:09

      It is the majority that's is corrupt , the cANCer majority !

  • braamc - 2011-11-01 12:29

    Simple Jacob, source people that can do the job, not your partners in crime and a bunch of murderers, thieves and incompetent trash. Look at the bigger part of the ANC, absolute rubbish. Anyhow, you Mr President prime example of a failure to the nation.

  • Meryl - 2011-11-01 12:30

    Mr Zuma, have you ever heard of credit and employment checks ? Past behaviour often predicts future behaviour. As a government we must retain our character as a responsible entity," he said. "We can't act recklessly " Oh yes, you are responsible for crime spinning out of control, poverty and lack of education. Character, what character, pray tell ?

      Lee - 2011-11-01 12:49

      Agreed - Appointing Minsters for who they are and not for what they can deliver is way beyond reckless, bordering on criminal.

  • Herman - 2011-11-01 12:31

    All anc appointees have the same mentality and goal, they are underqualified and are only interested in plundering the coffers containing taxpayers money.......go on prove this wrong anc and its kids supporters.

  • Dudleygbu - 2011-11-01 12:33

    great comment! Thats why the criteria for employment should be based upon qualifications and experience, not cadre credentials you uneducated, goat herding, overbreeding buffoon.

  • stoute.babuseng - 2011-11-01 12:40

    Well it'll help if your Hire them on merit Showerhead don't you think?

  • Hermann - 2011-11-01 12:45

    Every person appointed in a positions of authority's performance is unpredictable and dear Jakes if they do not perform as agreed you fire them, not hang on to them.

  • philani.madondo - 2011-11-01 12:46

    There has been too much of reshuffling in the cabinet, the appointment criteria should be re-evaluated. Someone seems to be getting credit for reshuffling the cabinet. It shouldn't even come to that point if the right people are appointed for the positions. Most of the new ministers are behaving like childrens taking advantage of their positions instead of serving the country. Perhaps we need a new government that will be feared and respected by the cabinet.

  • Freddie - 2011-11-01 12:47

    Cadre deployment at its best!! Try employing, not deploying, people with the relevant qualifications and competent experience. 10 years sleeping in parliament does not qualify as experience. We manage this process quite well in the private sector Zooma, despite your restrictive, socialistic labour laws.

  • Susan - 2011-11-01 12:55

    We excpected more performance from you as well, Mr Zuma....

  • Andrew - 2011-11-01 13:00

    The attributes of a good political leader are really very simple and few are able to master them. There are only two important attributes to have. Junior Matric is more than enough - a degree or matric is not necessary but is useful. Attribute #1 To be able to put the right peg in the right hole - in other words to be able to choose the right person for the right job. Attribute #2 When in cabinet, to be able to listen to all the conflicting advice and to make a decision based on the best advice - in other words, be able to recognise which advice is not fitting for that moment in time and to choose the advice which is best for the country at that time. Of course, diplomacy is also of importance. But the above two are critical. Ampers

      Van - 2011-11-01 14:24

      Zoomer knows about the peg and hole thing.

  • dalenavanjaarsveld - 2011-11-01 13:08

    I love what Zuma says here. Aye Aye and well done for sacking them if they don't perform!

  • J.D. - 2011-11-01 13:13

    The treasury general reported that the wasteful or undeclared spending of money in the provinces amount to around R 30,000,000,000 anually. The question is, who is in charge of the epending of this money. Everyone can answer for himself. If answer I will be called a racist.

      Pamela - 2011-11-01 13:25

      Ha!ha!..... racist satisfied

  • Ronald - 2011-11-01 13:23

    Mr President, the following with respect. No, delete that last part. To choose a person for a certain position is not a hit and miss affair. Nor is it a skill relegated to rocket science. It is actually very easy, but still seems to be beyond your abilities. First you look at the job description. That will act as a guide as to what qualifications, skills and experience the applicant for that jobs should have. The right person should have all three the previous in abundance. In a pinch one of these factors may be overlooked. I cannot explain it better short of Zapiro drawing you pictures. Take yourself as an example how NOT to choose that person.

  • Dumisani - 2011-11-01 13:34

    "As a government we must retain our character as a responsible entity," he said. "We can't act recklessly' That get`s a LOL You cant spell responsible you flippin idiot

  • Cheryl - 2011-11-01 13:37

    if their ONLY qualification is that they planted bombs and carried a weapon and waved their fists, in the struggle shouting viva, then the clue is that they wont be takes a little more than that.

  • Wayne - 2011-11-01 13:51

    Ok, but if you move someone from a position because they WERE corrupt into a new position, not expecting them to be corrupt is just ignorant.

  • DuToitCoetzee - 2011-11-01 14:19

    Mr. president. You can appoint the most clever people, but you will only be partly successful. Firstly get corruption out. Secondly put a structure/program in place that create jobs that are wider spread than the current pool. This system is now running for 50 to 60 years and is based to serve a smaller work force that we are sitting with. It is also based on a smaller amount of uneducated labor needed. Currently the country try to use this system to stimulate a country that requires a much bigger system. To shift the employees from white to black is only going to satisfied the people until all positions are filled and than???? 17 Yrs nothing was done to put a plan in place and only corruption/crime shown a growth. We need a bigger plan with change of rules on employment, but not one-way to benefit unions. Yes, it is going to be difficult and there will be times that some methods will be used that will not please everyone, but in the long run it will be beneficial to all. Your ruling party got so involve in deals and schemes that the bigger picture was lost. We have an infrastructure going backwards. We going to have water and food shortages etc. There are so many place were projects can be installed and it will improve the country for our benefit. We know a country in our continent has this going over phase. Specially when a x struggle party takes control, but even the children of those liberators now become disgruntle because this is going on for too long with no plan!!!

  • Willem - 2011-11-01 14:33

    You see minister, if you know that they have good moral values you can predict some of the behaviour

  • Travis - 2011-11-01 17:21

    Politics in SA is a circus...all you need is to be a sticky fingered clown to be viewed as performing.

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