Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel and Science & Technology Minister Naledi Pandor have topped the DA’s 2017 annual scorecard of government leaders with a C symbol each. DA leader Mmusi Maimane released the assessment report in Pretoria on Monday. The majority of ministers, as well as President Jacob Zuma received F gradings.
Maimane says not a single department has scored A or B this year. He says 18 departments received F symbol gradings which represents poor performance.
“Jacob Zuma this year gets an F; Cyril Ramaphosa gets an E. Minister David Mahlobo gets an F this year. Lynne Brown has clearly shown that she is captured, she is ineffective and she is silent. The boards of the SOEs have become progressively disfunctional; and in fact its clear that she has a role to play in making sure that the Gupta get contracts from places like Eskom. This year Minister Lynne Brown gets an F. Minister Mosebenzi Zwane has ensured that the mining sector is in constant turmoil. The minister of DMR has failed – Minister Zwane also gets F,” says Maimane.
However, Maimane praised Science & Technology Minister, Naledi Pandor, for her commitment to the social development and upliftment of young scientists in the country. Maimane also said Pandor has never failed in her parliamentary task and duties.
“Naledi Pandor is constantly in parliament answering questions; but along with that the department has had a relatively good audit responses. Science and Technology across the country is helping in terms of ensuring that there is innovation in certain sectors – in our view that has been a positive development in South Africa.”
Maimane says the ANC government under Zuma performed poorly this year as the majority of executive members were captured.