This is what a Zuma ministry looks like

President Jacob Zuma announced a surprise cabinet reshuffle yesterday, which saw David Mahlobo made the new minister of energy.

The cabinet reshuffle was widely condemned, with the DA describing it as “Zuma’s war against anyone who opposes his project of State Capture”.

“This reshuffle has nothing to do with effecting good governance and ensuring the best people serve our country,” said DA leader Mmusi Maimane.

Nowhere is this lack of consistency and good governance more noticeable than in the communications ministry.

The minister of communications is changed so regularly that there is no stability in the department.

The department looks after the SABC and Brand SA, and the digital migration process which can free up valuable broadband spectrum.

Poor performance

The department does not have a good story to tell. The SABC is a tremendous mess and the digital migration process has shown no real progress.

In fact, the department missed its own November 2011 deadline to complete the process. It has also missed the international deadline of June 2015.

The incompetence and poor performance at the department has not resulted in heads rolling – instead, poor-performing ministers are just moved to a new department.

Below is a look at the communications ministry since President Jacob Zuma became the country’s leader.

With the constant changes, it is easy to see why nothing gets done at the department.


Manto Tshabalala-Msimang: April 2009 – May 2009

Manto Tshabalala-Msimang


Siphiwe Nyanda: May 2009 – October 2010

siphiwe nyanda


Roy Padayachie: November 2010 – October 2011

Roy Padayachie


Dina Pule: October 2011 – July 2013

Dina Pule


Yunus Carrim: July 2013 – May 2014

Yunus Carrim at SATNAC 2013


Faith Muthambi: May 2014 – March 2017

Faith Muthambi


Ayanda Dlodlo: March 2017 – October 2017

Ayanda Dlodlo


Mmamoloko Kubayi: October 2017 – Present

Mmamoloko-Kubayi


Now read: Zuma bombshell – Big cabinet reshuffle

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