‘B team’ to the res­cue?

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Gaut­eng is bloody dan­ger­ous. The epi­cen­tre of syn­di­cates, or­gan­ised and oc­ca­sional crime, the prov­ince needs a good head of or­gan­ised crime.

This week, the Hawks crowned a new boss for Gaut­eng: Prince Mokotedi. Pre­vi­ously, he was the dodgy head of in­tegrity at the Na­tional Pros­e­cut­ing Au­thor­ity, where, it seems, he spent most of his time en­gag­ing in the fac­tional war that has made the place a hot mess.

This week, too, the SA Po­lice Ser­vice an­nounced that Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Bethuel Mondli Zuma will be the new head of po­lice for Mpumalanga. This gen­tle­man was rapidly de­throned from the same job in Gaut­eng when it was re­vealed that af­ter he was stopped at a rou­tine check for drunken driv­ers, he ran away from the po­lice, locked him­self in his house and re­fused to come out. There are strong sus­pi­cions he was ine­bri­ated.

Through­out South Africa, there is this cruel af­flic­tion of not ap­point­ing the top South Africans for jobs in pub­lic ser­vice. In­stead, nonen­ti­ties or com­pro­mised in­di­vid­u­als are cho­sen.

Can we hon­estly say that Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Min­is­ter Faith Muthambi is the best per­son for her com­plex job? Can govern­ment not cast its net more widely to bring in some­body like busi­ness­woman and en­tre­pre­neur Wendy Luhabe or cor­po­rate leader Peter Mat­lare?

There are many peo­ple like Luhabe and Mat­lare who can be lever­aged to bring skills to the state and state-owned sec­tors.

Some­body like Mat­lare would also quickly sort out the na­tional car­rier, SAA, which is al­ways close to crash-land­ing un­der the hand of its chair­per­son, Dudu Myeni.

South Africa is brim­ful of tal­ented tech­nocrats and politi­cians, such as for­mer fi­nance min­is­ter Trevor Manuel and the first post-apartheid di­rec­tor-gen­eral of trans­port, Ketso Gord­han.

Yet they are not brought into lead­er­ship and, in­stead, South Africa is sad­dled with peo­ple with­out lead­er­ship nous or political pedi­gree who mud­dle in­sti­tu­tions and keep us back.

There is noth­ing wrong with draw­ing from our top drawer.

Faith Muthambi

Wendy Luhabe

Prince Mokotedi

Ketso Gord­han

Mondli Zuma

Trevor Manuel

Peter Mat­lare

Dudu Myeni

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