DA wants veil of secrecy lifted around reviews conducted on ministers, deputy ministers

DA wants veil of secrecy lifted around reviews conducted on ministers, deputy ministers
DA wants veil of secrecy lifted around reviews conducted on ministers, deputy ministers

Africa-Press – South-Africa. The DA wants performance reviews conducted on ministers and deputy ministers to be made public to enable the public to assess the performance of public representatives.

In 2020, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced he had signed performance agreements with ministers, but progress on the agreements is yet to be made public.

Minister in the Presidency responsible for Monitoring and Evaluation Maropene Ramokgopa said in a parliamentary answer from the DA assessments were conducted on ministers between April and July 2023.

She added the reviews were done but did not reveal what the performance review produced.

DA MP Zak Mbhele said these assessments must be made public, adding the party had submitted a promotion of access to information application to claw the reviews back from obscurity.

Mbhele added:

“Considering the multitude of crises facing the country at the moment, and the cluelessness of the ANC government to effectively address them, it is not surprising why Ramaphosa’s government will want to keep the performance reviews a secret.

“The cost of living has driven consumers to the edge, load shedding has become progressively worse, and unemployment is at an all-time high.

“National Treasury has issued a red alert warning the country’s public coffers are empty, SOEs have collapsed, and crime has become a national pandemic,” he added.

In July, Ramaphosa indicated he would be assessing the performance of ministers and their deputies aggressively ahead of the 2024 elections.

At the ANC’s lekgotla, he said he and his deputy, Paul Mashatile, would crack the whip to ensure work was performed as the party underwent a review of its manifesto preparations.

“Having sat down with all our ministers, they have tabulated what their key priorities are. And we’ve noted them all, and that is what they are going to be measured against,” Ramaphosa said.

“The deputy president and I have said we are going to meet them again in six months, and when we meet them, they must have their deputy ministers, their director generals and some of their key officials to account for what they will have done in executing those priorities.”

He added they were not going to accept any excuses.

“Otherwise, a lot of things will happen. We have said that very clearly to them. So, this process of review and refocusing the work that we do in government has started.”

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