As of July 2017, President Jacob Zuma has been in charge of the national government administration for exactly 100 months. Within this period, he has presided over a chaotic situation where no less than 172 directors general were employed in 38 departments.
This is according to a report released by the Institute of Race Relations (IRR).
According to the study, it represents an average of 4.5 directors-general per department, or an average of 22 months per director-general, before a change occurs.
“In turn, it means a total of 134 changes have been made between the 38 departments. 81 of those 172 positions were held in an acting capacity. Therefore, 91 were permanent appointments.”
Ten directors-general were employed in communications, agriculture, basic education, and cooperative governance, and eight were employed in water and sanitation.
Public service and administration and social development had seven changes, while correctional services, labour, police, public works, and women had six.
Arts and culture, defence, economic development, human settlements, international relations and cooperation, public enterprises, rural development and land reform, and transport had five directors-general during the same period.
Four departments – namely home affairs, environmental affairs, traditional affairs, and science and technology – have only had one director-general since 10 May 2009.
One of the axed directors-general, Themba Maseko, who headed the department of public service and administration before being unceremoniously removed as GCIS head and cabinet spokesperson, has gone on record saying he believes he was sacked for refusing to help the Guptas in their state capture attempts.
Maseko revealed that after receiving a call from the Union Buildings to meet one of the Gupta brothers at Saxonwold, he received a further phone call from the infamous Guptas’ compound to meet one of them – a suggestion he rejected out of hand – to discuss advertising spend.