Zuma does e-tolls damage control

2012-06-12 23:14

Cape Town - The transport minister and his deputy have both been replaced in the wake of the Gauteng e-tolls debacle after President Jacob reshuffled his cabinet on Tuesday.

City Press
reported that following the government's embarrassing handling of the Gauteng e-toll saga, Zuma attempted to turn over a new leaf in the transport department by moving both Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele (to correctional services) and his deputy, Jeremy Cronin (now deputy minister of public works).

Ndebele has come under fire for his handling of the implementation of e-tolls, with the party saying he failed to update them about developments in government.

Cronin, who is deputy secretary general of the SACP, was tasked with selling e-tolls to the public.

With his party increasingly becoming outspoken about the Gauteng e-toll system, he might have found himself compromised, wrote City Press' Carien du Plessis.

Ben Martins, a former ANC MP and a leader in the SACP, was promoted from public enterprises deputy minister to transport.

Sindi Chikunga, long-time MP and chairperson of the National Assembly portfolio committee of police, was appointed as his deputy.

Chikunga has earned praise as chairperson and she's been outspoken about the crisis in the police triggered by the suspension of former crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli

Position of strength

The reshuffle on Tuesday, the third in as many years, followed a special ANC national executive committee (NEC) meeting on Monday, where Zuma received a massive boost after the NEC decided with a clear majority to reject efforts by expelled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema to have his sentence overturned.

By appointing some key backers into vacant positions, without sacking anybody, Zuma was seen to have strengthened his hand.

In a surprise move he also appointed an outspoken opponent of Malema, Mduduzi Manana, an MP and a national executive committee member of the league.

Manana replaces Hlengiwe Mkhize, ANC Women's league treasurer, who was moved from higher education to economic development, where she will be deputy minister, filling the post left vacant since the resignation of Enoch Godongwana.

Defence Minister Lindiwe Sisulu was moved from to public service and administration, a post which has been vacant since minister Roy Padayachi's death, in what some consider to be a demotion.

Sisulu is said to have harboured sympathies for Malema, but has also been criticised for her disregard of the legislature after refusing to answer parliamentary questions and give account in public of her department's activities, City Press said.

Sisulu, who faces the immediate task of negotiating with public service unions in the run-up to strike season, took a harsh stance against military unions in the past.

Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, who was active in the ANC's political military structures in exile in the 1980s, was moved from correctional services to defence.

In her three years at correctional services her performance has been underwhelming, but she has succeeded in scrapping the building of five new private prisons, City Press said.

Deputy chief whip Gratitude Magwanishe was appointed deputy public enterprises minister.

Despite repeated rumours that Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale would be axed because of his campaigning to replace Zuma at the party's elective conference in Mangaung in December, he stayed put again, as did Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, who is also said to oppose Zuma's leadership.

City Press said that were similar rumours that Rural Development Minister Gugile Nkwinti, would be axed for his lack of loyalty, but he also stayed put.

The ANC in a statement welcomed the reshuffle, saying it would "enhance capacity in government".

  • oneant.kasinski - 2012-06-12 23:44

    the only thing i find amazing is that these people are magically qualified to lead completely different fields of expertise. except in exceptional circumstances - you cannot manage something if you dont understand it. you cannot have an IT manager run a hospital. You cannot have an engineer run an investment bank. And i guarantee you - not any of these people are exceptional. in fact, i know school kids more exceptional.

      Themba - 2012-06-13 00:19

      Ministers are political leaders,and it is only director-generals that must be qualified in a specific field of expertise, plus there is still chief directors, deputy chief directors, etc. This pretty much similar to being a president of a country.

      Yolani Mputa - 2012-06-13 00:27

      There are actually quite a few engineers running investment banks.

      John - 2012-06-13 05:34

      Can't teach an elephant to drive a car.

      Squeegee - 2012-06-13 06:47

      Themba, then why do we need ministers? Why are they moved when they mess up? What guarantees that they won't mess up the next department too?

      Saleé - 2012-06-13 07:29

      Squeegee, you need ministers in the same way that a company needs executive managers.

      ndzululeka - 2012-06-13 07:43

      WHen will these people learn their jobs properly if they are being moved around without prior experience and much expertise to the other role? THere wont be any developments in this country, with that being said, my heart bleeds for you Bheki Cele. YOu did your job well, and without being proven guilty they fire you. Obviously the average person does not see this but what believe what they are being told. SHOOT TO KILL THE CRIMINALS,

      Saleé - 2012-06-13 07:54

      Tuco, leadership = achieving results through others. Management and leadership (exec leadership, at that) are two totally different things. News24 commentators are yet to grasp the concept.

      alan.gernet - 2012-06-13 08:02

      Well - I wold give the ANC the benefit of te doubt with the new appointments. At least it is a change which was definately needed. Let's give these people a chance to prove themselves capable or otherwise. I am also highly pleased with the appointment of a new police chief. Her credentials point to her being a very capable person.

      henkvdwatt - 2012-06-13 08:22

      There are no qualified people in the ANC. The ones who are left are pushed out because they are seen as a thread or the leaf because they can’t work with incompetent people and it frustrates them.

      grant.hide - 2012-06-13 08:26

      What i wanna know is, If apartheid is in the past. Why is it my sister need 96% in matric to get a certificate when they can get the same certificate at 66% and coloured 76%? I mean, Arnt we all supposed to be equal? This isn't equal, its hogwash. You the ANC will go down until u drop this vengence you have placed on our youth as a whole. We supposed to become one, not be devided into sections to help your party win the next election. Reverse Apartheid must stop now.

      ackwell - 2012-06-13 08:30

      Everybody must get a chance to dip in the "COOKIE JAR"

      luca.delbianco.3 - 2012-06-13 09:08

      @oneant. They might have external "advisors".

      Kenny - 2012-06-13 09:49

      @bones.mine - Actually it is not good, because kids with an average like that will never even work in South Africa. There are countries that would pay a lot more money. And the truth is money attracts people.

      louis.olivier.988 - 2012-06-13 15:23

      And you cant drive a car from reading a book

  • Tebz001 - 2012-06-12 23:45

    Wrong solution for the etolls JZ,u are supposed to scrap them, not appoint another person to spend money on something the public doesn't want.

      Alan - 2012-06-13 10:49

      Zuma has got a new song...."Every year I'm Shufflin, shufflin......"

  • alansmartSnr - 2012-06-12 23:46

    ..Reshuffled the cabinet ... and like cards they all turned out to be Jokers.. What a F^&ck up.

      zaatheist - 2012-06-13 05:23

      Deck chairs? Titanic? Anyone?

      anthonycharles.williams - 2012-06-13 07:47

      I,ll bring the popcorn

      Kenny - 2012-06-13 09:53

      And I will bring the booze, we just might as well have a party see this one sink.

  • Denise - 2012-06-13 02:28

    Turn over a new leaf? The ANC needs to turn over a new forest! How about damage control on crime, unemployment blah blah... Government's ears are deaf. Their eyes are blind. Our government can't see or hear.

      Raymond - 2012-06-13 06:49

      There are none so blind as those who wish not to see.

  • herman.brummer - 2012-06-13 03:23

    anCANCER... they can`t do anything right can they ?

      Bless Boswell - 2012-06-13 09:20


  • pule.moeketsi - 2012-06-13 03:50

    Zuma's cabinet: \jacks of all trades, masters of none\! Reshuufle? If u can't perform ur fired in a company! Nd now ur demoted? Shem talk of friends with benefit!!!!!!

  • Lana - 2012-06-13 05:44

    Hope to see the enhanced capacity at work soon in a positive and productive manner....

  • braamc - 2012-06-13 05:53

    Reshuffle all you want. Incompetent thieving government that is the problem

      Fussed - 2012-06-13 07:01

      Change the cards not a reshuffle

      Emily-Jane Elson - 2012-06-13 08:49

      A nice new, uncorrupted, undamaged pack of cards please!

  • brionyl.french - 2012-06-13 06:06

    they not qualified thats the biggest joke... Neither is the president with no education...thats why this country is falling apart...

  • Vince.York - 2012-06-13 06:45

    A small budget to rename the ANC would be about in better order at this time. Give it some substance, suggest "WASTE"

  • dennis.vermaak.5 - 2012-06-13 06:51

    Dear Mr Zuma,What is it like to run around headless ?

      ndzululeka - 2012-06-13 08:02

      Good question Deeteem!

      Zukile - 2012-06-13 10:54

      He's head is emptied by his ambitions of 2nd term ; it makes him headless indeed. he's trying all the best to please all his cronies at the expense of public interest

  • - 2012-06-13 07:08

    Net nog n useless takbestuurder in die plek van die ander een

  • Wayne - 2012-06-13 07:10

    The most dissapointing outcome hereof is that incompetence and failure is not rewarded with sanction or dismissal. Instead it is rewarded with a shift to an area where he/she can possibly do less damage. No removal from the trough; just repositioning. Its a disgrace.

  • Louis - 2012-06-13 07:12

    How is this classified as damage control????????? What damage has been controlled? Perhaps the only damage controled is that Zuma might be reelected. This government does not become more of a joke every day, it is one.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-06-13 09:18

      Vusi, without the whites you would still be wearing a beshu and live in a cave - maybe even have a bone through your nose. Put the hatred away and behave like a civilized human being.

      Jan - 2012-06-13 09:34

      Vusi Go and read the proper history. Don't rely on the stories that your forefathers told you. I don't say that the penciled history is absolute correct but you must remember that the history was not only recorded by the Afrikaner but other historians as well. The black people of this country came from the North

  • Bheki - 2012-06-13 07:30

    Zuma december is at the door, I mean you must play your cards safe.

  • rhoosen2 - 2012-06-13 07:31

    Dear President, re-shuffling cabinet is not the solution. These individuals are placed in the highest seat of power and are playing with the lives of the citizens of this country. Is our government always to be seen as a joke? When will this stop?

  • Zahir - 2012-06-13 07:36

    Waste of time zuma this shifting of posts will do nothing how can depts operate effective if u keep move ministers around

  • Danie - 2012-06-13 07:36

    Move them from one bankrupt stolen department to another which has still some bucks left to fill their pockets.

  • Zahir - 2012-06-13 07:40

    The headline is misleading not all the changes have to do with etolls and I don't see how these shifts will do less damage and improve the current anc dismal performance

  • Francois - 2012-06-13 07:55

    You cannot call this a reshuffle it is more like moving the “pool of fools” around

  • phinda.buthelezi - 2012-06-13 07:57

    whats the point of moving a useless some1 from one part of Government to another? Ever heard o firing Mr President? Does Correctional Affairs deserve good leadership?

      Kenny - 2012-06-13 10:06

      Oh Yes I have heard of that "Ex President Mbeki". I personally liked him more than any other president. People say he was an alcoholic "not sure if that is the truth" but common guys after what I have seen with this government DO YOU BLAME MR MBEKI!

  • chiepner - 2012-06-13 08:04

    Is this "reshuffeling" working for the current admin - I mean if it is then hey......why not just reshuffle the entire Bafanna squad. The goalie can be moved to play striker and the strikers can be switced to defence. Heck I wount be surprised if sacked Cele will be announced as the new "secret police" chief in place of Mduli next week. Actually come to think of it, the ANC's theme song going into the next National Elections should be "everyday we shuffeling"

  • john.dough.5836711 - 2012-06-13 08:17

    I would not want his job for all the white lines in SA..... oh wait, there are not many of those left.

      Emily-Jane Elson - 2012-06-13 08:40

      I'm surprised they haven't painted them black yet..

      Bless Boswell - 2012-06-13 09:12

      Are the white lines made from paint or powder? :)

      Kenny - 2012-06-13 10:09

      After this small investigation; I think it is powder because JohnDough said there is not many left! LOL!

  • Ashwin - 2012-06-13 08:42

    Reschuffle = campaigning for votes. Grand show of trying to correct the wrongs, service delivery mess and corruption. Nothing will change, Mr Zuma. These may be people with experience in your cabinet but they do not have the necessary skills to pull it off. This reshuffle is a blatant exercise to show your country that you mean business. WRONG. it shows that you made appointments without considering options. And you are doing it again. Your comrades will unfortunately be your downfall. The grand ANC that Madiba brought through is now a joke. Not your fault but as a leader it sits with you. The writing is on the wall, the ANC will win but by narrow margins until they have little or no more support. The very people who sheltered our exiled heros are also fed-up. The children who were sent overseas to study have come back and do not necessarily follow the ideals of the ANC. Struggle leaders with partners across the colour line have to be weary of the racist remarks of MEC's, for your children are Coloured

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