Choose the good peo­ple, not cadres

The Citizen (KZN) - - Opinion -

If there was any doubt – be­fore the re­lease of the au­di­tor-gen­eral’s (AG) an­nual re­port – that South Africa is in­ex­orably head­ing down the road to “failed state” sta­tus, that doubt must be dis­si­pat­ing. The AG’s re­port said ir­reg­u­lar ex­pen­di­ture by gov­ern­ment de­part­ments, provin­cially and na­tion­ally, con­tin­ues to soar. In the 2018-19 fi­nan­cial year, this dodgy spend­ing amounted to R62.5 bil­lion, up al­most R10 bil­lion from the year be­fore.

The huge in­crease – 20% year-on-year – in ir­reg­u­lar ex­pen­di­ture is shock­ing be­cause it shows that Cyril Ramaphosa’s promised “New Dawn” of ef­fi­ciency and a crack­down on loot­ing may have been lit­tle more than hot air.

An­a­lyst Xolani Dube said that this coun­try is al­ready a failed state “led by self­ish and greedy peo­ple”. He went on: “We have to be hon­est about how our lead­ers con­tinue to fail us.”

Dube also put his fin­ger on the core prob­lem with the lack of de­liv­ery and the abuse of funds.

It was, he said, be­cause peo­ple were be­ing de­ployed to crit­i­cal po­si­tions based on only one cri­te­rion: loy­alty to the ANC. Such “cadre de­ploy­ment” con­tin­ues to crip­ple gov­ern­ment and state-owned en­ter­prises (SOEs).

Yet, when some­one who is not an ANC com­rade or, heaven for­bid, not even black, is ap­pointed to a crit­i­cal po­si­tion, there is an out­raged howl from the woke and racially trig­gered. Such has been the case with An­dre de Ruyter, who has been tasked with bring Eskom back from the dead.

There must be plenty of ca­pa­ble peo­ple – who are not white, pos­si­bly not even male – who could help res­cue our prov­inces and mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties … the sort of peo­ple who do their work for the good of the coun­try, not for the ben­e­fit of the fat cats in the party.

Un­til we start run­ning our en­tire coun­try on merit, not political loy­alty, the failed state path will con­tinue to beckon.

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