End the golden hand­shakes

CityPress - - Voices - Man­gal­iso Ng­cobo Dob­sonville, Soweto

Re­cently, we have wit­nessed an in­crease in the num­ber of of­fi­cials in charge of gov­ern­ment de­part­ments and state-owned en­ter­prises leav­ing the public sec­tor with golden – or even plat­inum – hand­shakes.

This prac­tice is the re­sult of poor judge­ment by gov­ern­ment when it makes ap­point­ments and at­tempts to pro­tect cer­tain in­di­vid­u­als. The ex­o­dus of public of­fi­cials in this way is in­dica­tive of a gov­ern­ment that is hos­tile to­wards black pro­fes­sion­als in this coun­try, while com­plain­ing about not be­ing able to at­tract black tal­ent into the public sec­tor.

Tal­ented peo­ple will not risk their ca­reers to join the public sec­tor, only to leave with a golden hand­shake, a tar­nished im­age and a cloud hang­ing over their heads. It seems th­ese golden hand­shakes have be­come an­other form of “black em­pow­er­ment”.

Gov­ern­ment needs to stop this prac­tice by mak­ing the right ap­point­ments and al­low­ing those ap­pointees to do their job with­out in­ter­fer­ence from politi­cians.

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