Cyril warns er­rant civil ser­vants

Cor­rupt em­ploy­ees to face the law

Sunday World - - Sunday Report - By Qaan­i­tah Hunter

Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa says the up­com­ing 2019 gen­eral elec­tions pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity to re­store the coun­try’s demo­cratic in­sti­tu­tions and “to re­turn our coun­try to a path of trans­for­ma­tion‚ growth and de­vel­op­ment”.

Ramaphosa de­liv­ered his ad­dress yes­ter­day at the Moses Mab­hida Sta­dium in Dur­ban to mark the 107th birth­day cel­e­bra­tion of the ANC and the launch of the party’s man­i­festo ahead of the May provin­cial and na­tional elec­tions.

“[The elec­tions] pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity to place the coun­try’s fu­ture in the hands of those who be­lieve in it the most – the vot­ers‚” Ramaphosa said.

He blasted cor­rup­tion and in­com­pe­tence‚ say­ing there was no place for it in the gov­ern­ment. “We will not tol­er­ate those in the pub­lic ser­vice or in po­lit­i­cal of­fice who are neg­li­gent or use pub­lic re­sources for their own self­ish gains.”

He said South Africa won’t suc­ceed if ef­forts to re­build it were not sup­ported by a ca­pa­ble at age 41, she has a mam­moth task of han­dling the min­istry of telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions and postal ser­vices.

Lamola, the for­mer deputy pres­i­dent of the ANCYL un­der Malema and now ANC na­tional ex­ec­u­tive and na­tional work­ing com­mit­tee mem­ber, is an­other politi­cian to keep an eye on next year.

He has been placed at the fore­front of the land de­bate by the ANC, a move widely seen as a coun­ter­punch to young lead­ers of op­po­si­tion par­ties the DA and EFF.

With the adop­tion of the land ex­pro­pri­a­tion with­out com­pen­sa­tion re­port ear­lier this month, the land de­bate will be used by the ANC and the EFF to at­tract more votes in the pub­lic ser­vice.

“We can­not and will not al­low sit­u­a­tions where the gov­ern­ment fails South Africans‚” Ramaphosa said.

He called on all South Africans to work to­gether to grow the econ­omy and im­prove build-up to the elec­tions.

Al­though the DA and other smaller par­ties have ex­pressed their dis­sat­is­fac­tion on the land is­sue, the main op­po­si­tion party has its own young lead­ers who have a promis­ing fu­ture ahead of them.

Gwen Ng­wenya, 28, the DA’s the qual­ity of lives of or­di­nary South Africans.

“Many of our pub­lic ser­vants are com­mit­ted and ded­i­cated pro­fes­sion­als who per­form their tasks faith­fully.

“How­ever‚ there are some whose in­dif­fer­ence to the new­est MP, is cur­rently the party’s head of pol­icy.

Hav­ing grown up in Dur­ban and been the Univer­sity of Cape Town’s SRC pres­i­dent in 2011, Ng­wenya has a promis­ing fu­ture in pol­i­tics.

The par­lia­men­tary mon­i­tor­ing group (PMG) found that only needs and con­cerns of cit­i­zens has led to a de­te­ri­o­ra­tion in the qual­ity of ser­vices and as­sis­tance ren­dered‚” he said.

The pres­i­dent warned of con­se­quences for pub­lic rep­re­sen­ta­tives and civil ser­vants who broke the law. –

23 MPs fall un­der the cat­e­gory of un­der 35 and younger. Eigh­teen of them are in the Na­tional Assem­bly and five in the Na­tional Coun­cil of Prov­inces. Thir­teen of the younger MPs are fe­male and 10 are male, ac­cord­ing to PMG.

The DA’s Hlomela Bucwa, 25, made head­lines last year af­ter be­ing sworn in as the youngest MP, tak­ing over from Yusuf Cas­sim. She fur­ther made head­lines af­ter she de­liv­ered her maiden par­lia­men­tary speech on the gov­ern­ment’s fail­ure to im­prove the lives of young South Africans.

Bucwa, a for­mer SRC pres­i­dent at the Nel­son Man­dela Metropoli­tan Univer­sity in 2015, will cer­tainly shake up par­lia­ment. She has the po­ten­tial to be a fu­ture party leader.

Al­though the EFF has been em­broiled in con­tro­versy of late, its na­tional spokesper­son Mbuyiseni Nd­lozi also has the po­ten­tial to rise within the red berets. With party pres­i­dent Malema and his deputy Floyd Shivambu deemed to be the en­gines of the EFF, Nd­lozi has been con­sid­ered to be the po­lit­i­cal brains of the party. He is ar­guably one the best fu­ture lead­ers of the party.

The IFP’s na­tional spokesper­son and MP, Mkhuleko Hlengwa, is also a bright mind who may be its leader in the near fu­ture.

Hlengwa has proven that he has lead­er­ship qual­i­ties as he is the cur­rent chair­per­son of the party’s youth bri­gade and serves on at least two port­fo­lio com­mit­tees. Hlengwa is known to be a vi­brant and en­er­getic young man, who never minces his words in the Na­tional Assem­bly.

Ramaphosa’s re­cent ap­point­ment of Shamila Ba­tohi as the new Na­tional Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tions is an­other in­di­ca­tion that the coun­try is head­ing in the right di­rec­tion.

/ Jackie Clausen

Oratilwe Phiri ( 10) en­ter­tains other bik­ers out­side Moses Mab­hida Sta­dium dur­ing the ANC man­i­festo launch yes­ter­day.

Hlomela Bucwa

Gwen Ng­wenya

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