1 June 2014

South Africa: The Method and Madness in Choosing All the President's Men


The news and analysis sections of the Sunday papers revealed two things: National Prosecuting Authority head Mxolisi Nxasana is in serious trouble and President Jacob Zuma did not win many new fans with the appointment of his new, XXXL-sized Cabinet. Nxasana, who seems to have attempted to walk the straight and narrow since his appointment, looks destined to be another of Zuma's ill-fated high-profile appointments.

Apart from the appointment of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, Zuma has not made any inspired choices in his executive or at public institutions. That trend is set to continue as long as the process of making appointments remains a strange blend of political payback, placation of camps within the ANC and whispers in the president's ear.

The new Minister of State Security David Mahlobo seems rather excited about his new job. In an interview with City Press, the man previously referred to as a "Super HOD (Head of Department)" by his colleagues in Mpumalanga, was raring to take on a new responsibility, even though he said people were asking "what a scientist is doing in intelligence".

"I have a job to do and all I know is that my responsibility is to...

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