Intensified efforts to obtain ministers’ performance results

Henry

The DA is going to intensify its efforts to get access to the results of performance assessments that pres. Cyril Ramaphosa did with his ministers.

Earlier, the DA brought an application in terms of the Act on the Promotion of Access to Information (Paia) to gain access to the reports on ministers’ performance assessments.

However, this request was turned down by Maropene Ramokgopa, minister in the presidency charged with planning, monitoring and evaluation.

According to John Steenhuisen, DA leader, his party will now submit Paia applications to each department to obtain the assessments of each minister.

“We believe that all this information belongs in the public domain and will ensure that South Africans can see the performance of their government to gauge for themselves how much the ANC has really improved the lives of South Africans over the past term. As previously announced, we will consider approaching the courts if President Ramaphosa continues to withhold this information from the public.”

Vincent Magwenya, Ramaphosa’s spokesperson, said earlier that the president has no obligation to disclose the results of the performance reviews.

He said the purpose of the assessments was to be constructive and not to humiliate anyone. Magwenya believes the DA is only looking for the information to make a political statement.

According to Steenhuisen, it is dishonest of Ramaphosa to claim that the publication of the performance reviews of his cabinet ministers will embarrass him. “It is in the interest of democracy, transparency and accountability as set out in the Constitution, that parliament and the people know how their government has performed.”

Ramaphosa conducted the performance reviews with ministers between April and July this year, but the results were never made public.