DA takes ANC to court over cadre deployment policy


This week, the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the African National Congress will face off in Pretoria’s High Court over the ANC’s “controversial” cadre deployment policy.

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According to Leon Schreiber, the DA Shadow Minister for Public Service, the DA wants the policy to be declared unlawful and unconstitutional.

We hope to use this court case to finally abolish this practice once and for all so that South Africa can start the hard and arduous journey of rebuilding our state capacity of appointing people solely based on merit and skill.

says Leon Schreiber.

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The party will argue that cadre deployment was demonstrated no better than the cause of the energy crisis.


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The policy is known to blur the distinction between party and state. It was being implemented as if it was a policy of the government however, it favors politically connected candidates.

Being a court of law, we are very much focused on what the Constitution outlines in terms of the separation between party and state.

Leon Schreiber, the DA Shadow Minister for Public Service


  • The key point discussed in court on Monday boiled down to the constitutionality of the policy
  • The Constitution states that no person who is appointed to the public service may be preferred or somehow prejudiced because of political loyalty
  • The DA aims to prove that the ANC has violated the Constitution. By way of minutes obtained from the ANC National Deployment Committee. These show “numerous” examples of the ANC appointing someone on the basis of loyalty to the party, says the DA.

The DA will argue that even if ministers were not coerced into making preferred appointments, the policy remained unlawful.

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