Zuma’s government mess – corruption, infighting and incompetence

Many South Africans are disillusioned with the government under President Jacob Zuma, which is hardly surprising considering scandals like Nkandla dominating the news.

Poor decisions like the new visa regulations, which are badly hurting the country’s tourism industry, are also not helping matters.

This raises the question: Why is the South African government struggling to make decisions which will grow the economy and make the most of the country’s tax money?

The problems facing our government are numerous, and too complex to discuss in a short article.

However, the problems facing the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (formerly the Department of Communications) provides a glimpse of what a mess the government is in.

It is a story of corruption, infighting, and incompetence, brought about by poor appointments and a lack of stability.

Instead of seeing great achievements and progress from this department, most of the tenures of our ministers are remembered for controversies and a lack of action.

The department has seen five ministers in as many years, breaking any possible continuity which could have resulted in good progress.

The infographic below provides a snapshot of what has happened at the Department of Communications/Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services under Zuma’s rule.

Department of Communications under Zuma
Department of Communications under Zuma

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