We need system of meritocracy in SA
It is said the Son of Man once told his followers that it would be easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter heaven.
This adage appears to be true for many crooks and people of questionable integrity who have miraculously gone through the ANC’S eye of the needle into leadership positions.
In 2001 the ANC borrowed the phrase “through the eye of a needle” in a document outlining attributes that would help it identify a true leader. It read like an Ernest Hemingway novel.
But as we have seen in the past, the party’s eye of the needle is so big that charlatans such as Mosebenzi Zwane, Vincent Smith and Ace Magashule can march through it without a glitch.
How else does Bathabile Dlamini lead its women’s wing?
Scholar Zhang Weiwei wrote that competition in the 21st century would be between good and bad governance.
The ANC has to learn from the Chinese Communist Party on how to elect credible leaders across all spheres of government. Deng Xiaoping began a process to modernise China by implementing reforms based on his political ideology, “socialism with Chinese characteristics”.
Deng’s vision lifted millions out of poverty backed by the party development of a system of governance based on meritocracy. Those who want to serve in the government need to pass a critical examination. Once successful, further evaluation should be required to move up the chain of command – such as performing at lower levels of government, understanding its intricacies, while testing character – to hone the specialised skills that are needed for service to the nation.
One only has to look at the profile of Beijing’s leaders elected at the Communist Party’s 19th congress to understand the skills and experience required to be in the top echelons of the country. Six of the seven members of the standing committee of the politburo run provinces with GDPS bigger than some countries.
They rose from these provinces with enough experience and expertise to serve their country.
Our democracy is robust and should never be tampered with. But millions of South African are yet to taste its dividends.
A meritocracy regime with a South African character is what we need. It should start with the selection criteria for anyone wishing to hold public office to identify whether the person has the skills and experience that would lead to the creation of jobs, grow the economy, expand social development and reduce poverty.
The governing party is in elective conferences season, yet very little is said about the quality and moral fortitude of leaders vying for leadership positions. It would seem the more tainted, the more appealing you are in the ANC. The party, whose erstwhile leaders won the hearts and minds of South Africans, is running out of time to “self-correct”.