Blade axing ‘part of state capture’ war

Mmusi Maimane. Image DA

This statement was issued by the DA leader Mmusi Maimane, in response to the Cabinet reshuffle:

The Democratic Alliance is not surprised by President Jacob Zuma’s Cabinet reshuffle, the latest move in Zuma’s war against anyone who opposes his project of State Capture. The obvious target was SACP leader, Dr Blade Nzimande, who follows Pravin Gordhan, Derek Hanekom, Mcebisi Jonas and others who have failed to toe the Zuma line and have found themselves out of office.

The SACP has been dealt an insulting blow, and they must now decide how long they will put up with this abuse, or if they will now do what they know is right, and begin to work outside the ANC.

Blade’s axing has also provided the pretext for yet another reshuffling of Zuma sycophants, none more pliant than new Minister of Energy, David Mahlobo. This smacks of an attempt to reignite the ANC’s efforts to chain our country to a multibillion rand nuclear deal with the Russians.

This reshuffle has nothing to do with effecting good governance, and ensuring the best people serve our country. On the contrary, Jacob Zuma appears to be firing his critics, and offering promotions in exchange for support ahead of the ANC’s elective conference in December this year.

This just reaffirms what the DA has said all along – the ANC exists solely an organisation committed to self-enrichment and self-advancement – all at the expense of the South African people.

Come 2019, South Africans must use their power to vote out this self-serving ANC government at the ballot box, and choose a new beginning for our country.

The future of South lies in a post-ANC South Africa, free from corruption and State Capture, and focused on our nation’s new struggle – the struggle for access to jobs. Our fight is to ensure that all South Africans can enter the economy, find meaningful work, and create a better life for themselves and their loved ones.

Meanwhile, NW University’s Professor Raymond Parsons also gave his reaction:

Whatever the political dynamics behind the decision, from an economic point of view the news of yet another Cabinet reshuffle again emphasizes the extent to which constant changes at the top of government and the public sector contribute to policy uncertainty.

It was already clear that the prospect of a further Cabinet reshuffle was a contributory factor which pushed the NWU School of Business and Governance’s recent Policy Uncertainty Index for 3Q 2017 further into negative territory over that period.

Policy uncertainty has proved corrosive of investor sentiment. And if it is true that new Energy Minister Mahlobo has been selected to expedite the controversial nuclear deal, it clashes with the definitive statement made by Finance Minister Gigaba at the IMF meeting last week that SA could simply not afford the nuclear project at present.

This adds another key question that will now need to be clarified by Gigaba in the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) on October 25.

How to finance nuclear power therefore remains a potentially ‘big ticket item’ in the MTBPS, together with the challenges at state-owned enterprises like SAA and ESKOM.

Recent research has shown that the combination of a high turnover in Cabinet Ministers as well as Directors-General in SA over the past few years has meant that Ministers have spent less than a year with their Director-General.

This is not only bad for policy consistency and decision-making, but also seriously aggravates the weak implementation of policy and projects. It contributes to the poor service delivery which the country has experienced. Leaving aside their political motivation, these frequent changes at the top have come at a high cost to the economy.’

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