Cap­tain Manuel to bang the drum

Finweek English Edition - - Letters - R FEIGENSPAN

AS THE AD­DI­TIONAL Gov­ern­ment depart­ment headed by Trevor Manuel is con­cerned it was high time an agency of this type was es­tab­lished – and none bet­ter to head it than Manuel. The com­plete Gov­ern­ment ser­vice needs whip­ping into shape. Now that Mbeki is out of the way and many po­si­tions pro­tected as cronies can be held to ac­count. Manuel, who knows what’s to be done, can dis­patch his lieu­tenants and sweep out the rot.

I pic­ture the whole lot like an old Ro­man gal­ley. Manuel sit­ting at the big drum at the front of the ship and giv­ing the tempo. Those lazy, over­paid pub­lic ser­vants are lined up along both sides of the ves­sel and those lieu­tenants (ex­e­cu­tion­ers) walk up and down with a bull­whip and keep the troops in line. Wouldn’t that be a nice pic­ture – for a change?

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