It took a while but the South African government is firmly in control after the spate of xenophobic violence that rocked the country – thanks in part to a jackboot clampdown on migrants. It is difficult not to be cynical about government’s jacked up response to the attacks on foreign nationals after being in denial for so long. But now ministers actually say the X word and are on the ball in releasing information to the media and stakeholder engagements. Even President Jacob Zuma has found his game face, and swung back against a volley of criticism coming South Africa’s way.
Government task teams are the default response to most problems, whether it is the Nkandla upgrades scandal, e-tolling or the non-delivery of textbooks to schools. An inter-ministerial committee is an elevated government task team, which places the big guns in the hot seat facing the public.
They do not always impress. Remember the great SONA parliamentary lockdown brought to us by the security cluster of ministers? Or the big fat Gupta wedding cover up after that planeload of guests from India landed at Waterkloof Air Force Base?
The inter-ministerial committee on migration, however, is not the…
Source : Daily Maverick