Durban - Justice Minister Jeff Radebe has emerged as the preferred choice for acting head of state when President Jacob Zuma and his deputy are overseas.
A parliamentary reply from the Presidency said Radebe was acting president for 15 days since April 2010, most recently in early September this year.
Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor followed with seven days as acting president, and cabinet minister-turned-AU Commission chairwoman Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma was in charge in an acting capacity twice for two days in 2011 and last year.
Pandor was included on the ANC national working committee, which deals with the party’s day-to-day running and sits every two weeks, after the ANC’s Mangaung conference in December last year, where she was also elected onto the national executive committee, the highest decision-making body between the national conferences.
Radebe, who is also the ANC policy chief, also emerged as the pointsman on tricky issues facing the ruling party, including a probe into Guptagate, when more than 200 guests arrived at the military Waterkloof Air Force Base in May for the wedding of a Gupta family member.
Meanwhile, it emerged that Radebe’s Justice Department paid R33.5 million in performance bonuses to 3 078 employees in the past year.
Radebe said that while his department fully achieved only 25 of its 57 targets, high levels of compliance were nevertheless achieved in other indicators. Only five targets were missed by 50 percent or more.