JOHANNESBURG, Business Unity South Africa (BUSA), the umbrella organized of organized business in the country, has accused President Jacob Zuma of further undermining the prospects of economic growth with his latest Cabinet reshuffle.
BUSA on Tuesday expressed grave concern with the second Cabinet reshuffle of 2017, which saw a change in ministers in key portfolios, including Energy, Home Affairs (Interior), Telecommunication and Higher Education. It says the portfolios are relevant to the work that it has engaged in on behalf of business.
BUSA chief executive officer Tanya Cohen said stability and certainty are pre-requisites for business confidence.
Meanwhile, the country’s largest labour federation, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has joined the South African Communist Party (SACP) in questioning President Zuma’s latest Cabinet reshuffle, saying it is not convinced it is in the best interests of the country.
Cosatu says Zuma has retained some of his most incompetent ministers. The labour federation, along with the SACP and the ruling African National Congress (ANC) are members of the Tripartite Alliance, which struggled together to end apartheid in the country.
SACP General Secretary Blade Nzimande, who was Higher Education Minister, was among those dropped from the Cabinet in Tuesday’s reshuffle.
Cosatu says Cabinet reshuffles should be about strengthening the capacity of government to deliver on its promises. It says ineffectual ministers like Bathabile Dlamini, Nomvula Mokonyane, and Mosebenzi Zwane are still part of the National Executive.
The African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) also believes that instead of reshuffling the Cabinet, President Zuma must the one who should be stepping down. ACDP leader Kenneth Moshoe says the latest Cabinet reshuffle will not bring anything new.
“The reshuffling of the Cabinet at this stage is not going to be helpful. It is like reshuffling chairs on a deck of sinking ship. The president should be stepping down than trying to reshuffle the Cabinet.”
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK