The cabinet’s OK. Sort of. Obviously President Cyril Ramaphosa could have done better, but ANC leaders who don’t meticulously consult and compromise never get to the end of their races. Witness Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma. Given the pool he had to choose from, though, I’d take Pravin Gordhan, Thoko Didiza, Ebrahim Patel, Jackson Mthembu, Tito Mboweni, Patricia de Lille, Zweli Mkhize, Ronald Lamola, Barbara Creecy and even Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma any day. The latter works ferociously hard, and watch Lamola, as justice minister, breathe some oxygen into the fire already lit at the National Prosecuting Authority.

Cape Town always seemed well run when De Lille was mayor, so we can presume she knows how to start and finish a project, or at least knows people who know.

But for the life of me I cannot understand why Ramaphosa named former health minister Aaron Motsoaledi as his new minister of home affairs. It’s not that Motsoaledi isn’t a nice guy. Like the rest of us, ANC politicians are all pleasant until their jobs are threatened. It is just that he is wholly unsuited to what is arguably the most important economic policy job in the government...

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