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“Zuma is failing as President” - DA

By Charl Bosch - Dec 1, 2014
“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 CabinetDepartmentScore
Cyril RamaphosaDeputy President5/10
Minister Nhlanhla NeneFinance6/10
Minister Mildred OliphantLabour3/10
Minister Lindiwe ZuluSmall Business Development2/10
Minister Rob DaviesTrade and Industry5/10
Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-NqakulaDefence and Military Veterans6/10
Minister Michael MasuthaJustice and Correctional6/10
Minister Nkosinathi NhlekoPolice5/10
Minister David MahloboState Security*
Minister Pravin GordhanCooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs6/10
Minister Dr Aaron MotsoalediHealth6/10
Minister Lindiwe SisuluHuman Settlements4/10
Minister Nomvula MokonyaneWater and Sanitation2/10
Minister Malusi GigabaHome Affairs6/10
Minister Maite Nkoane-MashabaneInternational Relations and Coopeation 5/10 
Minister Jeff RadebePlanning, Monitoring and Evaluation in the Precidancy5/10
Minister Siyabonda CweleTelecommunications and Postal Services4/10
Minister Thulas NxesiPublic Works 3/10 
Minister Dipuo PetersTransport  3/10 
Minister Senzani ZokwanaAgriculture, Forestry and Fisheries 5/10 
Minister Edna MolewaEnviroment 6/10 
Minister Ngoako RamatlhodiMineral Resources  5/10 
Minister Lynne BrownPublic Enterprises 4/10 
Minister Gugile NkwintiRural Development and Land Reform 5/10 
Minister Derek HanekomTourism6/10
Minister Nathi MthethwaArts and Culture5/10
Minister Angie MotshekgaBasic Education 4/10 
Minister Blade NzimandeHigher Education 5/10 
Minister Bathabile DlaminiSocial Development4/10
Minister Fikile MbalulaSport3/10
Minister Susan ShabanguWoman in the Presidency4/10
Minister Collins ChabanePublic Services and Administration5/10


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