In the past on this blog we’ve called for cabinet ministers in charge of non-performing departments to be dismissed. The Business Day Weekender echoed those sentiments in this weeks editorial where they opine over the fact that any hope that Thabo Mbeki might be leaving a distinguished legacy is being diminished by the day because he won’t fire useless cabinet ministers.
Ministries identified by The Weekender as being detrimental to Mbeki’s legacy
All of these could stall SA’s development and destroy Mbeki’s legacy. It is now easy to forget that when Mbeki took the reins in June 1999, his popular nickname was Mr Delivery. Eight years later, it is impossible to attach this tag to him. This reality is more dangerous to Mbeki than any populist pretender to his throne.
- Communications – the sooner Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri gets the boot the better
- Trade and Industry – mainly due to the ongoing Lotto debacle and our selective tarriffs on Chinese textiles
P.S. Speaking of useless ministries did anyone notice in the Sunday Times Careers section that the recruitment ad for the vacant Director-General of Home Affairs post was recalled?
Well that didn’t take long did it? Barely a few months after the introduction of import quotas on Chinese textiles, some of the companies who were supposed to benefit from it have asked that it be relaxed... so that they can import textiles from China. I guess they forgot that SA does not produce every single type of cloth known to man.