Jackson Mthembu

Minister in the Presidency, Jackson Mthembu. Photo: GCIS
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Economic recovery tops agenda at Cabinet Lekgotla

President Cyril Ramaphosa and government leadership including ministers and premiers are meeting to discuss a number of key issues including corruption

Jackson Mthembu

Minister in the Presidency, Jackson Mthembu. Photo: GCIS
Image Source: Flickr

The current state of the economy and its devastating effects has taken centre stage at the two-day virtual cabinet lekgotla which kicked off on Wednesday, 07 October 2020.

The meeting is attended by President Cyril Ramaphosa, Deputy President David Mabuza as well as ministers, their deputies, premiers and representatives of the South African Local Government Association (Salga).

The COVID-19 pandemic has essentially shut down the global economy, with businesses forced to close and millions of jobs lost – in South Africa alone, three million people found themselves without work during the first quarter of 2020.

“The Cabinet Lekgotla will focus on the economic recovery. As we all know, COVID-19 has caused serious devastation in our lives, economy, employment and businesses,” minister in the presidency Jackson Mthembu said.

“As government, we must come up with a reconstruction and recovery plan to recover from the devastation caused by COVID-19”

He said the lekgotla would include presentations on key areas that would be part of the plan including infrastructure in both the public and private sector. Mthembu added that mass employment would also be prioritised. They would also be looking into how they can industrialise and rebuild in the face of economic devastation.

The meeting will also discuss how to boost expenditure of the public purse and public finances.


The minister said corruption, which has long haunted government, would also be on the agenda. The COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown has brought with it, a flurry of graft allegations, many involving senior government and ANC officials.

“We have seen crime and corruption rearing their ugly head, so the lekgotla will with [this],” Mthembu said.

“So those are the economic matters we will be focusing on but as you also know, one of the priorities apart from economic growth that we have as a country is dealing with crime and corruption,” he added.

In September, Ramaphosa met with the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac), who then gave the greenlight for the economic recovery plan. However there are questions on whether it has even been drafted.

“The social partners at Nedlac have made tremendous progress on an ambitious social compact for economic recovery. This represents a historic milestone for our country, demonstrating what can be achieved when we unite to confront an urgent crisis,” he said at the time.