DA scores South Africa’s cabinet ministers

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has published a report card assessing the performance of President Jacob Zuma and his cabinet this year.

The opposition party said it conducted a comprehensive assessment of President Zuma’s performance since the May elections, “and it is clear that this is the worst performance yet by the President.”

The DA scored Zuma 1/10.

“The reality is that President Zuma is failing as President of our country and the majority of the Ministers in his cabinet are failing as well,” said Mmusi Maimane, DA parliamentary leader.

The DA pointed to the President’s unwillingness to answer questions in Parliament, along with his response to the Public Protector’s report on Nkandla, as being areas of concern.

Maimane also highlighted the country’s stagnating economy. “Unemployment continues to increase. It is now over 35% on an expanded definition. Moody’s has downgraded our sovereign credit rating, and also the credit ratings of all of South Africa’s majour financial institutions. There is no doubt that South Africa faces an economic crisis…Nothing new has been announced to improve the economic situation.”

Additional areas for concern as pointed out  by the DA included the following:

  • The energy crisis including Eskom’s woes, and ‘a secret deal with the Russian to build up to R1 trillion in new nuclear power stations’;
  • The R30 billion lost to fraud and corruption annually;
  • The politicisation of the state communications machinery and;
  • The politicisation of independent institutions within the criminal justice system.

The following ministers scored the lowest:

Minister Department Score Rationale
Faith Muthambi Minister of Communications 1/10 “Minister Muthambi is at the centre of the President’s move to turn the state communications apparatus into a propaganda machine. She is the number one backer of disgraced appointees to the SABC like Hlaudi Motsoeneng and Ellen Tshabalala.”
Ebrahim Patel Minister of Economic Development 1/10 “Minister Patel has overseen a stagnant economy and increasing unemployment. He is primarily responsible for the  economy policy confusion we face now as he is the author of  the New Growth Path, which diametrically opposes the NDP.”
Tina Joemat-Pettersson Minister of Energy 1/10 “The Minister of Energy is jointly liable for the reported deal with the Russians, which would be disastrous for our economy. She has also stalled on the implementation of the ISMO bill and the Gas masterplan, holding back development in two key industries:  Gas and renewable energy.”
Nomvula Mokonyane Minister of Water and Sanitation 2/10 “Nomvula Mokonyane is in denial about our water crisis. She refuses to accept responsibility for what happened at Rand Water and has refused to act on reports of ecoli in South Africa’s towns. She does not respond positive to oversight and is a generally disruptive presence when she comes to the House.”
Mildred Oliphant Minister of Labour 3/10 “South Africa’s labour relations are at an all-time low and Minister Oliphant has done nothing to improve this. Our unemployment rate is now over 35% and she has only continued to make it even more difficult for businesses to create jobs.”
Fikile Mbalula Minister of Sport and Recreation 3/10 “Minister Mbalula has embarrassed himself on a number of occasions. He has spent most of his time making ridiculous statements. He is not fit for a cabinet level appointment. It is also clear that he has not achieved much in bringing more sporting infrastructure to people in need.”
Lynne Brown Minister of Public Enterprise 4/10 “Minister Brown is overseeing two concurrent crises at Eskom and SAA, and she is doing little to improve things. The approach to Eskom has been particularly damaging, as she has refused to provide any clarity to Parliament as to what is really going on at Eskom’s power plants.”

The vast majority of the Ministers scored by the DA are producing mediocre results, with scores mostly ranging between 4/10 and 6/10, it said.

The political party, however, singled out one minister, who it said “continues to do good work, and deserves some credit”.

It scored Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor  (8/10):  “Her department is well-managed, targets are set and reached and there is a clear strategy to roll out increased research and development.”

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