Cyril warns errant civil servants
Corrupt employees to face the law
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.
Oratilwe Phiri ( 10) entertains other bikers outside Moses Mabhida Stadium during the ANC manifesto launch yesterday.