Lockdown grades

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DA release brutal ‘lockdown grades’ – with NINE ministers getting an F

It’s report card time! The DA has reviewed the performance of all ministers and Cabinet officials during the pandemic – and there are failures aplenty.

Lockdown grades

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DA Chief Whip Natasha Mazzone has released the party’s official ‘lockdown scorecard‘, handing out grades to ministers and senior figures within the government. As you’d expect, it is something of a bloodbath.

Lockdown grades: Which ministers got an F?

Only two Cabinet members come out with any sort of credit, with both Cyril Ramaphosa and Zweli Mkhize scoring low. However, the ratings published by SA’s second-largest political party feature nine ‘F grades’ – the lowest possible ranking. Here are the ministers that received the worst possible feedback:

  • – Deputy President David Mabuza: He was ripped for his constant ‘absenteeism’.
  • – COGTA Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma: A ‘refusal to be held accountable’ for lockdown decisions has been cited.
  • – Police Minister Bheki Cele: Police power abuses and acts of brutality have Cele banged to rights
  • – Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu: Where do you start? SASSA chaos, blocked food parcels, the lot.
  • – Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams: She broke the lockdown rules in a major way. Enough said.
  • – Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane: Beach closures and apparent failures to support the industry were listed.
  • – Women and Youth Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane: Rampant GBV cases and sky-high youth unemployment, that’s why…
  • – Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi: Struggles with the UIF programme put the nail in Nxesi’s coffin.
  • – Trade Minister Ebrahim Patel: He was responsible for banning cooked chickens and open-toed shoes. Case closed.

Lockdown grades: Many ‘must do better’…

He may have escaped the lowest possible grade, but Cyril Ramaphosa is still classed as a failure by the DA. Mazzone slapped the president with an ‘E’, because of his allegedly ‘weak leadership’ in the face of ANC factional battles. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize received the same grade, due to failures with the vaccine rollout and pandemic preparedness.

Other E-graders include Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa Nqakula, who oversaw the death of Collins Khoza at the hands of South African soldiers, and the army’s controversial procurement of ‘useless’ Cuban drugs to fight COVID-19. Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has also been plagued by corruption allegations and water provision issues.

DA identify ‘best performers’ during the pandemic

There was, however, room for praise – albeit with caveats. Naledi Pandor and the late Jackson Mthembu were both given a ‘B’ for their work during the pandemic, owing to their clear communication… and the former’s ability to repatriate South Africans abroad at the very start of the pandemic.

Tito Mboweni got a ‘C’ for his work on the finance portfolio – the same grade issued to Angie Mothsekga in Basic Education. Mazzone and her colleagues expressed sympathy for the difficult situation facing both the fiscus and our schools as infections soared. Everyone else, however, seems to have fallen short in the eyes of the opposition.

You can view the full scorecard here:

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