DA wins court case to expose cadre deployment in the ANC. Photo: Democratic Alliance/ Facebook.

DA wins court battle to expose ANC cadre deployment records

In a ground-breaking judgment handed down by the Johannesburg High Court, the DA won the battle to expose records of the ANC cadre deployment


DA wins court case to expose cadre deployment in the ANC. Photo: Democratic Alliance/ Facebook.

The Johannesburg High Court has today, Thursday, 2 February, ruled in favour of the Democratic Alliance’s (DA) court battle to expose cadre deployment records within the African National Congress (ANC).


This long-running court battle was finally won by the DA which seeks to expose complete records of the ANC national cadre deployment committee’s role in the corruption, capture and collapse of South Africa’s public sector.

“In its ruling, the court found that the ANC’s refusal to make public minutes, Whatsapp conversations, email threads, CVs and all other records of its cadre deployment committee was ‘unlawful and invalid.’ The court ordered the ANC to pay the DA’s costs in the case and to surrender, within 5 days, all of these documents dating back to 1 January 2013, when President Cyril Ramaphosa became the chairman of the cadre deployment committee.”

Dr Leon Schreiber MP

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In a statement, Dr Leon Schreiber MP – DA Shadow Minister for Public Service and Administration revealed that Ramaphosa chaired this committee all throughout the years of Jacob Zuma’s presidency, during which time the committee exercised undue influence to ensure the appointment of the corrupt cadres who captured and collapsed the state.

“The judgment dealt a fatal blow to the ANC’s claim that ‘there are instances where the wishes of the Deployment Committee are not taken into account. The corollary of this is that there are indeed instances where the appointments are so made.’ It also affirmed the importance of parliamentary oversight, holding that the DA’s efforts to end cadre deployment in Parliament ‘necessitates the disclosure of facts in relation to the appointment of individuals.’ In sum, the court ruled that the DA ‘has set out, and prima facie established, the right which is sufficient proof for an applicant to result in his entitlement to access the record,” Schreiber broke down the ruling.

He added that today’s ruling is a historic victory by the DA for transparency and the rule of law in South Africa. “It creates new jurisprudence confirming that political parties are not elevated above the Constitution, and makes it clear that politicians who corruptly interfere in affairs of state cannot hide behind a veil of secrecy,” he explained.

He went on to say for nearly three decades, the ANC’s cadre deployment committee secretly interfered in appointments across the state, directly causing the collapsing service delivery and load-shedding crisis we all experience on a daily basis.

“That secrecy ends now, thanks to the DA’s relentless fight for the public’s right to know the truth about cadre deployment.”


“Thanks to the DA’s relentless fight against cadre deployment corruption, South Africans will for the very first time be able to see not only Ramaphosa’s personal complicity in state capture as chairman of the committee, but they will also get to see the full truth of how the appointment of ANC cadres on the basis of loyalty to the party rather than on merit is the true cause of our country’s rapidly failing state.
Once these records are made public, the DA calls on all sectors of society to rally behind our End Cadre Deployment Bill that is currently serving before Parliament, so that we may finally bring an end to this scourge and begin the arduous but urgent journey of building a professional, skilled and merit-based public sector.

The DA will not rest until cadre deployment corruption, along with the party who wrought this evil on our country, is consigned to the dustbin of history,” Schreiber further stated.

Read the full judgement here: