End the golden handshakes
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.