President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Cabinet is full of dead wood, and he knows it.
The reason some of the people who are supposedly ministers are still in their positions is that they are in the right ANC faction – not their competence.
It makes no sense why South Africans are still subjected to the clueless, emotional and spotlight-hogging Police Minister Bheki Cele, for example. The man has no clue what he is doing, but would like South Africans to believe that he has crime under control.
If he did his job, instead of parading himself around every time there is a high-profile case, Cele would not have had an outburst in Cape Town this week when he was asked questions about police work in Gugulethu.
If Cele was doing his job, he would have been able to answer Cameron instead of screaming at him to shut up and giving a tired speech about his struggle credentials and how his mother was called a kitchen girl b by white people during apartheid. Honestly, who cares about that? Have his struggle credentials solved the high crime levels in this country? Cape Town has been experiencing mass murders almost every weekend, and only this week was one mastermind arrested.
Many of the thugs are still out there and have not been arrested, so Cele must excuse South Africans who do not have the luxury of bodyguards and all the security perks that come with being a minister when they raise their frustration about crime in this country.
Also this week, while delivering a lecture at the Wits School of Governance, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan did not take kindly to being asked questions about the rolling blackouts and the role he played in former president Jacob Zuma’ Cabinet. Instead of engaging with the students, Gordhan called them an “organised clique” that would not intimidate him.
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South Africans are tired of the situation in this country and ministers must either do their jobs or, if they are not willing to be held accountable, vacate their positions. It’s that simple.
We cannot have ministers who refuse to be held accountable by the public when they fail to perform their functions. It is completely unacceptable.