- The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional has once again come under fire
- Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has been slammed for her comments saying she supports "cadre deployment"
- The DA said it will raise the comments at National Assembly
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Consistently under-fire Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has once again come under scrutiny.
This time she isn't at the receiving end of the tobacco ban criticism but rather for her comments on "cadre deployment".
"Cadre deployment" is the appointment by the governing party of a loyalist to a certain department or position, as a means of circumventing public reporting-lines and bringing that department or position under the control of the party, as opposed to the state.
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This is a system which has been employed by the ANC and has yielded problematic results because the people that are appointed to the positions are not necessarily the most qualified to do the job.
Addressing the ANC’s OR Tambo School of Leadership at the weekend, Dlamini-Zuma reportedly told the crowd that municipalities looking to fill certain vacancies must “appoint the right cadres for the job”.
The South African reports that politicians who may have been dismissed from other roles for their questionable behaviour can find themselves reshuffled into another position. Two examples have been Bathabile Dlamini and Malusi Gigaba, who have relied on this system despite not providing results.
The Daily Maverick has also criticised "cadre deployment", claiming that it was at the heart of state capture.
DA MP Cilliers Brink said they would raise Dlamini-Zuma's comments in parliament. He said:
"Cadres are in fact responsible for the decline of municipalities, and their ‘deployment’ should be abolished altogether. The policy of cadre deployment enjoins ANC politicians to reserve technical and otherwise non-political jobs in state institutions for ANC members. There can be no ‘right cadre’, only a ‘right candidate’."
Twitter users have expressed different views to the comments. One user mentioned the problems that come with "cadre deployment":
While another user was not against it, they said the "cadres" should be qualified for the positions.
Another user pointed the irony in the DA's comments about "cadre deployment":
Brink said "cadre deployment" is unconstitutional and destroys the government’s ability to deliver service.
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