Cabinet ratings: Minister of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities Maite Nkoana-Mashabane

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Minister of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities Maite Nkoana-Mashabane
Minister of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities Maite Nkoana-Mashabane

Maite Nkoane-Mashabane: Minister of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities

A long-serving, but perennially underperforming member of Cabinet, Nkoane-Mashabane portfolio calls on her to deal with two of the country's most vexing problems – gender-based violence and youth unemployment.

Achievements: None to speak of.

Failures: Apart from speaking at pre-arranged government events, like the launch of the yearly 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, Nkoane-Mashabane is hardly ever heard, or seen, leading the charge against this scourge. Talk shops appear to be the favoured approach, while demonstrable policy actions remain missing.

This past year, Nkoane-Mashabane unsuccessfully attempted to overturn a personal cost order the Land Claims Court made against her last year for not giving effect to a judgment regarding the District Six redevelopment during her stint as minister of rural development and land reform.

She also approved the appointment of the abled-bodied wife of a director of her department, overlooking qualified disabled candidates in a post earmarked for a disabled person.

Score out of 10: 3

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