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'Zuma has failed the year'

By Sapa | Dec 06, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 78 ]

President Jacob Zuma scored an F again this year, his deputy achieved a middling score, and Agriculture Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson is bottom of the class, according to the DA's 2012 "Cabinet Report Card".

Released by the Democratic Alliance in Cape Town on Thursday, it says Zuma has failed both his office and South Africa, "and should no longer be entrusted with the presidency".

Briefing the media on the report's content, parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko said Zuma had "failed comprehensively to provide effective leadership in government".

She cited government's "lacklustre response" to events at Marikana earlier this year, the so-called Nkandlagate scandal, and the country's "lack of economic policy direction", among reasons for his scoring an F.

These issues, and others, had also been what had motivated the DA, along with seven other opposition parties, to table a motion of no-confidence in Zuma last month.

Mazibuko said Zuma's score "stands in contrast to Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, who we have awarded a C".

Mazibuko said that while Motlanthe was not the top performer in Cabinet, he had "displayed noteworthy qualities which President Zuma clearly lacks".

These included a dedication to the Constitution, an honest approach to the serious challenges facing government, and a willingness to engage openly with Parliament and South Africans.

At the briefing, the DA's Wilmot James singled out Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson for special mention.

"It is worth acknowledging separately the quite disastrous and embarrassing tenure of [this minister], who... received an F.

"Her handling of almost every single matter before her has been so incompetent and negligent that there is no longer any doubt that she should be removed from Cabinet without any further delay."

James later told journalists that when it came to Joemat-Pettersson, if the DA's grading system -- which runs from A to F -- had gone below an F, "we would have considered that as well".

Other ministers in the 34-member Cabinet who scored an F include Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane, Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa, and State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele.

Top 2012 performers were Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi and then Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor (who moved to home affairs late in the year), who both received an A.

On Motsoaledi, the report finds that under his leadership, the health department has "achieved significant successes in the fight against HIV/Aids".

On Pandor, it says she had performed "an admirable job of setting and pursuing a clear vision for science and technology in South Africa".

 

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@My5cent, I love how the Sowetan stays away from political stories, they love feeding people mindless gibbirish like celebrity news, and really minor stories. I agree with others here the DA report card really is not that important because people should know that the government does not do their job, and it is sad that we are treated like children with report cards.

Really this country is lost and if you (Johnstone, djembe) do not see this, I pity you, oh or perhaps you are part of the 1% who actually benefit from this government.

Dec 12, 2012 2:8 | 0 replies

Mazibuko's health (body size)has nothing to do with us as the public.
1. Zuma is cawing pus**sy left-right-centre
2. Mbeki used to have his BB in public
3. Fidel and his younger brother do cigar even in their sleeps.

Common thing: all are politicians. Zuma must just bury his looting tendencies if he wants to be remembered as a president of note.

How can you confer a medal to yourself in a public environment mara? Domiology (dom) at its worst.

Dec 06, 2012 3:30 | 0 replies

What Makes 100%? What does it mean to give MORE than 100%?
Ever wonder about those people who say they are giving more than
100%? We have all been to those meetings where someone wants
you to give over 100%. How about achieving 103%? What makes up
100% in real life?

Here’s a little mathematical formula that might help you answer these
questions: If:

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V
W X Y Z is represented as:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26.

Then:

H-A-R-D-W-O-R-K is

8+1+18+4+23+15+18+11 = 98%

And

K-N-O-W-L-E-D-G-E

11+14+15+23+12+5+4+7+5 = 96%

But,

A-T-T-I-T-U-D-E

1+20+20+9+20+21+4+5 = 100%

And,

B-U-L-L -S-H-I-T

2+21+12+12+19+8+9+20 = 103%

AND, look how far ass kissing will take you.

A-S-S-K-I-S-S-I-N-G

1+19+19+11+9+19+19+ 9+14+7 = 118%

Dec 06, 2012 3:28 | 0 replies

Imfene, if you want him, he's yours.

Dec 06, 2012 3:25 | 0 replies

Do I understand correctly that we have Mr. Zuma for life?

Dec 06, 2012 3:20 | 0 replies

Zuma is used to being F'd.
I wonder how they got Jou ma se Pettersen to score lower than barking Angie

Dec 06, 2012 3:17 | 0 replies

The DA is competition to the ANC and wether or not Zuma(loud mouth) is president and monthlante(manipulative and quiet) the truth remain that their job is to keep ANC on its toes otherwise we wont have anything done in this country. we cannot compare DA's perfomance with that of the ANC because this two organisations are not wearing the same shoe size. Lindiwe Mazibuko is a good intelligent woman who has managed to live out her dream and do right by herself regardless of her body shape. We need to be realistic and realise that is a responsibilty of all South Africans and that every leadership needs a little push in the right direction and that is what the DA doing to ANC.

Dec 06, 2012 3:16 | 0 replies

Mporoz
@ Nwanawamukalaha

Point of correction, Zuma was born a leader and you and your fore fathers were born followers. Now shut up and let Zuma Lead the country for another quiet 6 years.
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Leadership has been described as “a process of social influence in which one person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task".
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Based on the above explanation, what common task did the zuma leadership accomplish?

Me and my forefathers - are you implying that zulus were born leaders? Not with the political killings which happened since 1994 trying to fight for positions - that's not being leadership aligned by birth but power hungry.

Dec 06, 2012 3:15 | 0 replies

Viva Die A.nus Viva!!

Dec 06, 2012 3:15 | 0 replies

Flemza
I don`t care what all of you morons are saying , come Mmangaung we are going to vote for Zuma, under Zuma, less people are dying because of H.I.V under Zuma this country was never affected by rescession, so what ever negative report you say about Zuma, its not going to change any thing

>>>>>>

Zuma had nothing to do with our resilience to the global recession. I can say one thing though: The poor would have had a far better situation had the Zuma cadres not looted as much as they did.

Please do not forget the crazy electricity hikes, the crazy petrol hikes, the e-toll mess, etc.

Dec 06, 2012 3:14 | 0 replies

I don't understand how someone can be so big and still care about things much bigger than her...
She should really be concentrating on losing weight cause at this rate she won't make it to see her dream of people not voting for the ANC realised!

Dec 06, 2012 3:8 | 0 replies