Photo: EFF / Twitter
Photo: EFF / Twitter
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has flatly rejected the new changes to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Cabinet. The president announced some key amendments to the country’s national executive on Thursday evening, 5 August 2021, including the new appointments to the Health and Finance ministries – Dr Joe Phahlaa and Enoch Godongwana respectively.
In a statement, the EFF says Ramaphosa’s reshuffle has absolutely nothing to do with improving governance capacity.
“Instead, Ramaphosa’s changes are intended to serve the ruling party’s factional squabbles and reassure those in the CR faction that their jobs and patronage network are safe for him to win the next ruling party conference,” party spokesperson Vuyani Pambo said.
The EFF has particularly taken issue with Godongwana’s appointment to Treasury, siting corruption allegations levelled against him when he was last in Cabinet. In 2012, he resigned in the midst of a scandal involving R100 million of clothing industry workers’ pension money that was never paid back.
In light of this, the EFF reckons Godongwana, who also serves as the ANC’s economic transformation subcommittee in the national executive committee (NEC), and chairperson of the Development Bank of Southern Africa, is the wrong choice.
“To put him in charge of the country’s purse with such serious allegations that were never resolved transparently amounts to placing a fox in charge of the hen house. Godogwana lacks credibility, capacity and understanding of systemic structural challenges that continue to face South Africa,” the EFF said.
The red berets have also singled out Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, who has been moved from Communications and Digital Technologies to Small Business Development. The party claims Ndabeni-Abrahams is being rewarded despite her failures.
“The retaining of Bheki Cele is another continuation of mediocrity. Cele is completely out of his depth and there should have been a complete overhaul of the State Security cluster, considering his recent failure at handling the unrest in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal and perennial failure of protecting citizens and maintaining law and order,” the EFF added.
The party thinks Ramaphosa’s reshuffle demonstrates a lack of decisiveness, understanding of political leadership and governance.
“There is no evidence of Cabinet reduction. Instead, he continues to increase the number of ministries, make questionable appointments, do an irrational restructuring of departments, and recycle old guards that are supposed to be on retirement”Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF)