William Saunderson-Meyer
3 minute read
6 Mar 2021
6:03 am

Ramaphosa’s mission on cadre deployment may be political suicide

William Saunderson-Meyer

Even if Ramaphosa believed in what he is now proposing, to now insist on merit and integrity in public service appointments would be political suicide.

ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: ANA

Only a capable, efficient, ethical state can deliver what is necessary to improve our lives. That starts with the people who work in it. The public service must be staffed by people who are skilled, selfless and honest. Instead, while pockets of excellence exist, we have serious challenges with regards to skills, competence and professionalism. Too often, people have been hired and promoted to key positions for which they are neither suitable nor qualified. This affects government performance and contributes to a lack of accountability, mismanagement and corruption. ALSO READ: Ramaphosa presided over worst ANC cadre deployment period in SA –...