DA gives Zuma 1/10 for performance as president

In its Cabinet report card, the party says Zuma is failing in his duties and his ministers are following suit.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Parliament has criticised President Jacob Zuma for poor performance as head of state since the May elections.

In its Cabinet report card released today, the party says Zuma is failing in his duties and the majority of his ministers are following suit.

The DA says Zuma's unwillingness to answer questions in Parliament and his delay in responding to the Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's report on Nkandla are cause for great concern.

In March, Madonsela released her Nkandla report and found the president and his family "unduly benefited" from the upgrades at his KwaZulu-Natal home.

But earlier this month, the Nkandla ad-hoc committee officially absolved the president of any wrongdoing in relation to the massive overspending.

DA parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane has given the president a score of one out of 10.

"The president has failed to appear before Parliament. The Presidency has now made a move to say over the mid-term budget framework they are going to nearly triple the president's budget without any legitimate outputs that come forward."

He also said Communications Minister Faith Muthambi is the worst performing member of Zuma's Cabinet.