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DA Cabinet Score Card: Zuma gets F-

By Charl Bosch - Nov 27, 2015
DA Cabinet Score Card: Zuma gets F-

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has rated the performance of cabinet and President Jacob Zuma during 2015, as one of the worst since the advent of democracy in 1994.

In tabling the party’s annual Cabinet Report Card on Friday, party leader Mmusi Maimane said Zuma’s recent comments that the interest of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) comes before those of South Africa, has been the hallmark of the year and justifies his scoring of an F minus.

“President Zuma has failed South Africa on all accounts and has done immeasurable damage to our economy and our image abroad,” Maimane said.

“With South Africa facing crises on many fronts including inadequate higher education funding, rising unemployment, slow economic growth and the worst drought since 1992, the President has done little more than laugh in the face of struggling South Africans”.

According to Maimane, reasons for Zuma’s rating include

  • failure to denounce speculation over the purchase of the controversial R4-billion presidential jet
  • showing a complete lack of empathy towards citizens
  • ignoring the findings of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela regarding the upgrades at his private Nkandla homestead
  • breaking international law by allowing Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir into the country
  • remaining mum while students protested outside Parliament during the #feesmustfall campaign
  • failing to take any action regarding the Marikana tragedy and crisis surrounding the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA)
  • responding inadequately or evasively to questions posed by the National Assembly

Zuma’s cabinet was also adjudged to have performed poorly with 13 ministers scoring lower ratings than last year, the worst, an F-minus, being Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokanyane, embattled Communications Minister Faith Muthambi and Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini.

Science and Technology Minister, Naledi Pandor, was again rated as having performed the best with a B.


The remainder of the scores are as follows:

Deputy President Cyril RamaphosaD
Finance Minister Nhlanhla NeneC
Economic Development Minister Ebrahim PatelD
Labour Minister Mildred OliphantF
Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe ZuluD
Trade and Industry Minister Rob DaviesD
Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-NqakulaE
Justice and Correctional Services Minister Michael MasuthaD-
Police Minister Nathi NhlekoE
State Security Minister David MahloboD
Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Pravin GordhanD
Health Minister Dr Aaron MotsoalediC
Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe SisuluD
Home Affairs Minister Malusi GigabaF
International Relations and Coopeations Minister Maite Nkoane-MashabaneD
Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Jeff RadebeC
Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister Siyabonda CweleE
Public Works Minister Thulas NxesiC
Transport Minister Dipuo PetersE
Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzani ZokwanaE
Environmental Affairs Minister Edna MolewaC
Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi ZwaneE
Public Enterprises Minister Lynne BrownD
Energy Minister Tina Joematt-PettersonF
Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile NkwintiE
Tourism Minister Derek HanekomC
Arts and Culture Minister Nathi MthethwaD
Basic Education Minister Angie MotshekgaD
Higher Education Minister Blade NzimandeF
Sports and Recreation Minister Fikile MbalulaE
Minister of Woman in the Presidency Susan ShabanguF
Public Services and Administration Minster Ngoako RamathlodiE