Cabinet Report Cards 2021

A mirror of accountability

After two years of a hard pandemic that wiped out any financial gains South Africa had and a revealing commission into state capture, the government’s responses took centre stage. In many instances, these were uninspiring and a let down for the people of this beautiful land. 

We saw bloodshed, jobs annihilation, a health and justice system crumbling. We saw it all with little accountability. This makes sense because some ministers either didn’t bother speaking up for their performance or simply informed the public that they were only answerable to the one and only president. 

He did not have a strong showing either this year and 2022 will prove even more difficult for him as he battles for his seat at Luthuli House and to lead the nation. 

What this year has shown us, though, is that it’s easy for politicians to make grand plans but the real work doesn’t come as easily.

But, as combative and evasive as they may be, the Mail & Guardian will continue to hold a mirror before them so that they — and we — can reflect on their performance. And to ensure that we all hold the powerful who lead this country (wherever to) accountable.

The report cards were compiled by:

Sarah Smit
Luke Feltham
Paddy Harper
Kwanele Sosibo
Emsie Ferreira
Lizeka Tandwa
Eunice Stoltz
Marcia Zali
Khaya Koko
Tunicia Phillips
Sheree Bega

Illustrations by John McCain