Rand Water claimed that taps in Johannesburg would not run dry should its employees belonging to the Municipal Workers’ Union of South Africa act on their threat to strike. At the time of going to print, it was reported that Rand Water would apply for an interdict against such a strike. While only time will tell whether Johannesburg will indeed run out of water, we already know one thing: continued strikes in the public sector will cost the SA economy.
“I fully agree that people must be employed strictly on merit and not based on political connections. But I cannot support asking the whole public service and SOE workers to reapply as a way of dealing with the problem. In fact, I believe most of the problems are not created by workers – who themselves do not have power to employ – but by senior officials who don’t have skills, but rely on political connections.”