The Minister of Fisheries, Tina Joemat-Pettersson, should be renamed the Minister of "It Wasnt Me"! The Sunday Times today reports (as this Blog has been reporting for some time now) that not only has her department allocated the R800 million Sekunjalo tender in an unlawful and questionable manner, but her department has failed to spend some R800 million intended for poverty relief and flood relief aid.
But as it has become her trademark, Joemat-Pettersson steps firmly to plate and blames her officials for the bungling. This is the umpteenth time that she has blamed her officials for another bungle. However, we have never seen an official fired or demoted for these bungles.
There is no doubt that Joemat-Pettersson is an extremely ineffectual and weak minister who repeatedly refuses to take responsibility for her department's near weekly bungling. There can be nothing worse than a Minister too weak (and possibly conflicted) to be accountable for her own department's decisions.