Delin­quent min­is­ters

Business Day - - OPINION -

I am dis­turbed by the lack of dis­tinc­tion in much pub­lic com­ment be­tween former fi­nance min­is­ter Nhlanhla Nene and delin­quent min­is­ters who have been pushed out of cabi­net or are still pol­lut­ing it.

Nene has done very im­por­tant, good work and doesn’t ap­pear to have con­trib­uted to the de­struc­tion of any in­sti­tu­tion. He comes across as hav­ing the right in­ten­tion and at­ti­tude in his of­fi­cial du­ties — do­ing his best to serve his coun­try. He has the soul of a gen­uine pub­lic ser­vant.

He may or may not have sought fam­ily ad­van­tage in his pre­vi­ous roles. He avoided telling lies un­der oath at con­sid­er­able cost to him­self.

This con­trasts with the Zu­maites in the cabi­net, many driven by ego who re­gard them­selves as pub­lic masters. They don’t hes­i­tate to lie, even un­der oath, are con­cerned mainly with their own progress — and back pock­ets — have con­trib­uted to the de­struc­tion of state-owned en­ter­prises and in­sti­tu­tions, and take re­spon­si­bil­ity for noth­ing.

Un­for­tu­nately, Nene had to go and too many of these pub­lic masters are still there. Ironic!

Roger Briggs, Eden­vale

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