“Zuma is failing as President” - DA


Democratic Alliance (DA) Parliamentary leader, Mmusi Maimane, has labelled President Jacob Zuma a “destructive presence” who has “failed to deliver positive improvements to the lives of South Africans and is prepared to compromise the constitution to protect himself from oversight”.

Addressing the media during an end-of-year “Cabinet Report Card” session in Parliament, Maimane said that Zuma’s performance since the May elections had been his worst performance yet with the party giving him 1/10.

Maimane attributed Zuma’s failure to address Parliament for a full session since November 2013, his inadequate response to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s Nkandla report as well as his failure to back a portion of the money spend, declining economy, energy crisis and subsequent secret nuclear deal with Russia, fraud and corruption amounting to R30-million, and politicisation of the state communication and criminal justice system as the main reasons for the aforementioned rating.

“All in all, Cabinet is not performing well.... South Africa faces an unprecedented number of serious challenges, and South Africans are struggling to make ends meet. President Zuma’s State-of-the-Nation address next year will be make or break for him,” the party’s Deputy Chief Whip, Mike Waters said.

Among Zuma’s cabinet, Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor’s department was judgment to have been the best performing with a score of 8/10.

Those with the lowest scores were Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel, Communications Minister Faith Muthambi and Energy Minister Tina Joematt-Petterson, who are all given 1/10.


The remainder of the rate card is as follows:

Member of Cabinet Department Score
Cyril Ramaphosa Deputy President 5/10
Minister Nhlanhla Nene Finance 6/10
Minister Mildred Oliphant Labour 3/10
Minister Lindiwe Zulu Small Business Development 2/10
Minister Rob Davies Trade and Industry 5/10
Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula Defence and Military Veterans 6/10
Minister Michael Masutha Justice and Correctional 6/10
Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko Police 5/10
Minister David Mahlobo State Security *
Minister Pravin Gordhan Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs 6/10
Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi Health 6/10
Minister Lindiwe Sisulu Human Settlements 4/10
Minister Nomvula Mokonyane Water and Sanitation 2/10
Minister Malusi Gigaba Home Affairs 6/10
Minister Maite Nkoane-Mashabane International Relations and Coopeation  5/10 
Minister Jeff Radebe Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation in the Precidancy 5/10
Minister Siyabonda Cwele Telecommunications and Postal Services 4/10
Minister Thulas Nxesi Public Works  3/10 
Minister Dipuo Peters Transport   3/10 
Minister Senzani Zokwana Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries  5/10 
Minister Edna Molewa Enviroment  6/10 
Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi Mineral Resources   5/10 
Minister Lynne Brown Public Enterprises  4/10 
Minister Gugile Nkwinti Rural Development and Land Reform  5/10 
Minister Derek Hanekom Tourism 6/10
Minister Nathi Mthethwa Arts and Culture 5/10
Minister Angie Motshekga Basic Education  4/10 
Minister Blade Nzimande Higher Education  5/10 
Minister Bathabile Dlamini Social Development 4/10
Minister Fikile Mbalula Sport 3/10
Minister Susan Shabangu Woman in the Presidency 4/10
Minister Collins Chabane Public Services and Administration 5/10


* Minister Mahlobo was deemed to early to be assessed as work only began in August.