The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Tom Mh­langa Baba Saloo­jee JR Whit­lock

THE Con­sti­tu­tional Court de­liv­ered yet an­other eye-open­ing judg­ment on Thurs­day.

It ruled that the Speaker of Par­lia­ment does have the pow­ers to in­sti­tute a mo­tion of no con­fi­dence in the pres­i­dent through a se­cret bal­lot. This is con­trary to her ini­tial view.

But there is noth­ing to cel­e­brate here be­cause we all know that she won’t al­low a se­cret bal­lot. Even if she does, the op­po­si­tion won’t get enough sup­port from ANC MPs.

If the NEC of the ANC failed to re­move Ja­cob Zuma, what makes them think a se­cret bal­lot will make any dif­fer­ence? ANC MPs are very loyal to their or­gan­i­sa­tion and will never vote with the op­po­si­tion, even those who pub­licly crit­i­cised Zuma.

There­fore, in a nut­shell, there is noth­ing to cel­e­brate. The whole ex­er­cise was just a waste of time and money. But then time will tell if this hol­low vic­tory will bear any fruits. Braam­fontein “You can’t make race horses out of don­keys,” but many coun­cils have in­stalled in­ef­fi­cient and in­com­pe­tent ad­min­is­tra­tors, with no ten­der­ing pric­ing knowl­edge, who caused great harm re­gard­ing ser­vice de­liv­ery bud­get­ing.

Ba­si­cally, tax­pay­ers were in the dark and ma­jor losers while bil­lions were sy­phoned off with shady deals.

Fur­ther­more, there are too many sub­com­mit­tees and task teams do­ing lit­tle but bleed­ing the coun­cils’ bud­gets.

The bottom line is that there is no su­per­vi­sion or con­trols and no proper sys­tems in place so that the Au­di­tor-Gen­eral can cross­check the fi­nances of all coun­cils daily.

Politi­cians’ in­ept ca­pa­bil­i­ties of run­ning coun­cils is the ma­jor prob­lem, whereas peo­ple with busi­ness acu­men should be run­ning the fi­nances. Rusten­burg and prin­ci­pals’ com­pe­ten­cies. 4. In many schools, “less than half the of­fi­cial cur­ricu­lum is cov­ered by the end of the year”. 5. Teacher ab­sen­teeism.

The ANC gov­ern­ment has had 23 years to rec­tify these prob­lems and erad­i­cate the “legacy of apartheid”, but has failed mis­er­ably. Fix these prob­lems, and we will re­gain top ed­u­ca­tional sta­tus. Blam­ing apartheid won’t do it. Ger­mis­ton

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