How the premiers fared

2012-06-10 10:00
Loyiso Sidimba
Helen Zille has come out tops in a Public Service Commission (PSC) report about the country’s premiers, while her Eastern Cape ­counterpart Noxolo Kiviet ended up at the bottom of the table.

Zille, who is premier in the ­Western Cape, scored 82% in the report, whereas Kiviet obtained only 47% – which means the PSC considers her performance ­“adequate”.

The PSC said a score of 40% and below was rated as “poor or no performance”.

The ANC Youth League in the Eastern Cape recently demanded Kiviet’s resignation, citing poor leadership.

Kiviet insisted the league was living in its own world and was ­unable to see the major developments in the province.

At 77%, Gauteng Premier ­Nomvula Mokonyane was second, while the Northern Cape’s Hazel Jenkins got 64% to finish third in what could easily be coined the Premiers’ League.

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Zweli Mkhize and Limpopo’s Cassel Mathale both scored 54%, while their counterparts Thandi Modise (North West) and David Mabuza (Mpumalanga) finished with 59%.

Free State Premier Ace ­Magashule got 56%.

The commission assessed the premiers’ offices on nine criteria related to governance:
» Professional ethics;
» Efficiency, economy and ­effectiveness;
» Development orientation;
» Impartiality and fairness;
» Public participation in policy-making;
» Accountability;
» Transparency;
» Good human resource management and career development practices; and
» Representativity.


The assessments were done in the 2010/11 financial year.

“It is clear from the offices’ ­performance against the nine principles that there is generally still inadequate compliance with the most basic public service regulatory frameworks,” the PSC noted in its report.

Limpopo’s 35% drop – from 89% in the previous assessment to 54% – was largely because of its failure to show that it adhered to the principle of impartiality and fairness, the PSC said in its report.

Premiers have also been slated for their failure to fill vacancies timeously.

Mkhize’s office took 4 530 days (more than 12 years) to fill the position of parliamentary officer.

Mokonyane’s office took three years and five months to find an ­administration officer, and the Northern Cape did not have a ­director-general for almost four years, the PSC reported.

It also found that only Mabuza and Zille met and exceeded the target of having people with disabilities as 2% of their total workforce.

Zille’s spokesperson Zak Mbhele said the Western Cape premier’s office viewed its first place as ­further confirmation of the good governance principles and ethics that it applied “consistently”.

Gauteng’s communications head Matlakala Motloung said Mokonyane’s office would incorporate the PSC’s recommendations into its work.

Motloung said Mokonyane’s ­office was encouraged by its ­performance and it welcomed ­constructive criticism.

“We strongly believe the PSC ­report is a good tool to help us ­improve our work and ensure that ours is an accountable government responsive to the needs of its ­citizens,” said Motloung.

The other premiers failed to ­respond to City Press’ enquiries.