Will Zuma fire Bathabile?

CityPress - - News - – Setumo Stone

The fu­ture of Social Devel­op­ment Min­is­ter Bathabile Dlamini is now in the hands of Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma after she was skew­ered by the Con­sti­tu­tional Court for “ab­so­lute in­com­pe­tence”.

For a while Zuma has de­fended her, say­ing there was no cri­sis as grants were go­ing to be paid.

But yes­ter­day, Zuma apol­o­gised for the ex­treme anx­i­ety caused by the un­cer­tainty over the pay­ment of the grants.

Gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials sym­pa­thetic to Zuma said he was also dis­ap­pointed by the in­abil­ity of min­is­ter in the pres­i­dency for mon­i­tor­ing and eval­u­a­tion, Jeff Radebe, to pick up on the cri­sis in its early stages. Radebe has in­sisted that he acted.

They said Zuma con­sid­ered the depart­ment of plan­ning, mon­i­tor­ing and eval­u­a­tion a flag­ship depart­ment, hence its bud­get was in­creased while most other de­part­ments had theirs cut.

“Gov­ern­ment is sup­posed to have an early warn­ing sys­tem, but it is not work­ing,” said one se­nior of­fi­cial.

At least one an­a­lyst be­lieves Zuma will not fire Dlamini.

KwaZulu-Na­tal-based po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst Xolani Dube said Zuma would not fire Dlamini be­cause he needed sup­port from the ANC Women’s League when the party elects his suc­ces­sor in De­cem­ber.

“But in this case, it is not his bat­tle that he is fight­ing, but he is do­ing it on be­half of Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.”

Zuma is widely ex­pected to reshuf­fle his Cabi­net in the near fu­ture.

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