Cabinet Report Cards 2012: A year of disappointments
Year of disappointments
There is more than a little irony in this year`s Mail & Guardian report cards, with grades considered before the ANC`s national conference but published as the Bloemfontein dust is still settling.
The only minister to achieve an A, Trevor Manuel, is stepping back from ANC involvement.
Kgalema Motlanthe and Fikile Mbalula, who got Bs, were caught on the wrong side of the conference. Jacob Zuma, the man overwhelmingly selected by the party to lead it, rated an F.
The question of ANC leadership was, we can safely assume, a difficult distraction for ministers. On top of that, too many departments found themselves entangled in matters that reflect leadership â€“ and a lack thereof â€“ but has nothing to do with actual service delivery: VIP flights, Nkandla and Zumaville, fears of nationalisation and handling the fallout of unconscionable appointments in key jobs.
In 2013 it is likely there will be a likely purge, or fear of a purge of sympathisers of the anti-Zuma camp with much the same crippling effect, plus what seems like inevitable scandals based in corruption, mismanagement and entitlement. It bodes ill for any improvement in terms of the actual business of government and transformation of society.
WHAT THE GRADES MEAN
A: Take a bow. You are doing an excellent job
B: Good, but room for improvement
C: You are okay
D: Get your act together
E: Do yourself and the country
a favour - resign
F: You are fired
Report cards compiled by