SLR: A missed opportunity as more question marks arise post Ramaphosa’s ‘cabinet shuffle’

Cupboard reshuffles are all the time extremely anticipated occasions however none extra so than final evening’s, which many believed could possibly be the inflection level for South Africa after a few years of mismanagement and corruption. Sadly, the cupboard reshuffle left extra to be desired, as pencilled under by BizNews common contributor Simon Lincoln Reader. This was our probability for extraordinary change, nevertheless, it was merely squandered as extra query marks come up within the Cyril Ramaphosa led period. – Justin Rowe-Roberts

A possibility squandered

By Simon Lincoln Reader*

For the longest time, cupboard reshuffles in South Africa have been extraordinary occasions, the place a celebration struggling extended twin epidemics of ineptitude and complacency afford incompetent officers to alternative to be incompetent elsewhere. Save for Belarus, Azerbaijan, Haiti and North Korea, no different nation illustrates such abandon for circulating uselessness and distress.

Essentially the most astonishing cupboard reshuffle appointment I ever witnessed occurred early within the second quarter of 2014, two weeks after the elections. Some background: Dipuo Peters had been appointed Minister of Power in Jacob Zuma’s first cupboard. Peters was a religious Christian who had beforehand served as Premier of the Northern Cape. Not like so many different of her neighborhood organiser comrades, Peters acknowledged her limitations and this in all probability led to her redeployment to the transport portfolio in 2013. Changing her was Ben Martins – an early signal that the Gupta axis was eyeing its option to the custodianship of the renewable vitality mission, led – with dazzling success – by Karen Breytenbach.

However the future all of a sudden appeared feral on the afternoon of Sunday 25th Might 2014. I obtained a name from Cape City: “In a single hour Tina Joemat-Pettersson can be introduced the brand new minister of Power”.

TJP entered the portfolio regardless of two ethics raps from Thuli Madonsela. Really useful remedial motion was ignored by Zuma, who positioned her to shoehorn his nuclear scheme and disrupt the progress of the renewables programme. Fortunately TJP was so spectacularly ineffective that she ended up partially derailing her grasp’s plans – a lot to the amusement of the DA. To atone, she skipped a collection of vital conferences and hurried off to Nkandla, the place she helped to rearrange Zuma’s fifth wedding ceremony.

We’d nonetheless be speaking about TJP’s efficiency at this time had been it not for the deluge of inadequacy that adopted. It took the type of two components: ministers allied to state seize parachuted into portfolios they had been unfit to occupy, and ministers by no means having held a correct job chosen to guide portfolios they had been unfit to occupy. The overwhelming emphasis was the previous – the Mahlobos, Gigabas, Muthambis, and Zwanes – however there additionally the tweets composed by Fikile Mblalula, the sweat of Thulas Nxesi, the rocking slurs of Bathabile Dlamini on the steps of Parliament and a cameo that includes some enthusiastic gender-based violence by Mduduzi Manana.

Final evening the nation recommitted to the failed stratagem of simply swapping round its reservoir of clueless and ideologically twisted ministers. The price of the experiment of a State Safety division won’t ever really be recognized, however its harm will hang-out for generations; while persons are congratulating the President for this transfer, this menacing, corrupt organ ought to by no means have existed within the kind it did. So too Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula: she has sat in her portfolio for almost 5 years since she abused state assets to spirit away from Burundi her late son’s girlfriend. Enoch Godongwana is, in response to todays liberal media, a protected pair of fingers – however I wouldn’t count on any contrition from these folks ought to these very fingers occur upon Regulation 28 of the Pension Funds Act.

What was wanted final evening was creativeness. The Olympic gold medallist Roland Schoeman as Minister of Sport. Opposition occasion profiles as ministers or deputies. Former precise defence drive or former precise police personnel. Medical medical doctors who admire the shameless absurdity of ‘zero-covid’ or Public Well being-ism. Entrepreneurs. Within the context of July’s riots, the reshuffle was a chance to extract uncommon if not just about extinct public belief. However it was squandered, and who is aware of when the following alternative will emerge to elucidate to the ANC that there’s truly a phrase for the aware repetition of the identical errors.

Simon Lincoln Reader works and lives in London. You may observe him on Substack.

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