Cabinet Report Cards 2014: We think it's time we called in your parents
The M&G Cabinet report card has become a respected barometer of government performance. Thank you to our readers for rating our ministers. Published below are the scores that are the most accurate, which also appear in the M&G end of year edition for 2014.
It's President Jacob Zuma's last term as South Africa president and a chance to learn from the mistakes of his first five years as head of government. In particular it's an opportunity to salvage his legacy, but so far the signs are far from encouraging.
Our annual report card once again shows few stars in a sea of mediocrity and even incompetence, at a time when South Africans need inspirational leadership, vision and verve.
Some Cabinet ministers have only been in the job for seven months and may yet prove themselves, but with a local government election in 2016 and an ANC succession battle ahead of 2017, it may well be that the affairs of state will come second to personal ambition and the vagaries of the governing party's dynamics.
Foreword by editor in chief
The first term of office of President Jacob Zuma and his Cabinet is almost over, and this year`s report card is as much a grade for the past year as it is a measure of his administration`s five years in government. It shows that, despite a few star performers, Zuma`s executive is at best mediocre and at worst dismal. As we state in Zuma`s report card, a fish rots from the head down, and this is exactly what we have witnessed over the years: a decline in good governance and accountability that began right at the top.
Report cards compiled by
Phillip de Wet