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26 May 2014 14:30
The DA specifically criticised Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson's (centre) move to the enery department. (David Harrison, M&G)
President Jacob Zuma is
more concerned about creating jobs for his friends than good governance, the Democratic Alliance (DA) said on Monday.
“The appointment of
minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson to the energy portfolio is yet another
indication that President Zuma is far more concerned with creating jobs for his
pals than he is about good governance,” said DA MP Lance
Greyling in a statement.
“Instead of being
fired, Minister Joemat-Pettersson has been rewarded for her long-standing
loyalty to President Zuma.”
Joemat-Pettersson was ineffective in her previous portfolio.
“After a dismal
performance as the minister of agriculture, forestry, and fisheries [DAFF],
President Zuma has chosen to promote Minister Joemat-Pettersson to the crucial
ministry of energy.”
She was implicated in a
damning report by public protector Thuli Madonsela over irregularities in the
awarding of an R800-million Sekunjalo tender. She was also implicated in the
bungling of the DAFF’s fishing rights allocation process which saw thousands of
fishing rights holders unemployed.
Greyling said the energy
portfolio was tasked with overseeing an energy build programme that would
exceed R1-trillion, which was far more than any other infrastructure build
programme in South Africa.
“The president has
essentially placed a fox in a hen-house by entrusting this minister with
trillions of [rands worth of] public money.
If we could not trust minister
Joemat-Petterson to issue fishing licences, how can we be expected to trust her
with keeping South Africa’s lights on?” he asked.
However, the South African Petroleum Industry Association (Sapia) welcomed her appointment and that of her
deputy Thembi Majola.
“We welcome both
[of them] ...
“We will continue
to work in partnership with [them] ... to drive key issues in the energy sector,
such as economic transformation, biofuels, clean fuels ... and security of
Meanwhile, the National
Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) welcomed the retention
of Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies and Economic Development Minister
were strategically important in facilitating the future growth and development
of the entire South African automotive Industry,” Naamsa president Johan
Van Zyl said in a statement on Monday.
stability in ministerial leadership is vital in this regard.”
Naamsa also congratulated
new Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene and Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown.
were also critically important to the future direction of the South African
automotive industry and the economy.”
The Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) welcomed the merger of the justice and correctional services departments
and congratulated new minister Michael Masutha.
“We note the
thinking behind the combination of two large and challenging departments to be
guided by the intention to improve efficiency in the criminal justice
system,” co-chairpersons Ettienne Barnard and Max Boqwana said in a statement.
“We wish the minister well in this regard. We are pleased to note that two deputy ministers
have been appointed to support him in this enormous task.”
The LSSA offered its support to Masutha and his deputies.
The South African Attorneys
Association (SAAA) also welcomed the merger and Masutha.
“The minister and
his deputies are wished well for their term and can be assured the SA Attorneys
Association is always willing to discuss and advise on issues concerning the
profession and access to justice for the public,” said association
chairperson Praveen Sham. – Sapa
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