For a while now the recruitment policy in the public sector has being giving preference to PDIs under the pretense of Affirmative Action. In the last few years South Africa has come to understand that this AA actually means ANC Affiliation. Many young professionals from previously disadvantaged backgrounds have gone out of their way to acquire skills to became employable for high level positions, however, because many of those do not possess the right ANC credentials they find themselves sidelined. In most instances senior managers would opt for a ANC card-carrying-member regardless of them meeting the requisite.
As a result of this these outcast processionals look for a home elsewhere in the private sector were they in turn become consultants to the Government. How else are we to solve this endemic maladministration of unqualified audit reports, containing wasteful expenses – and gross unaccountability? It’s not as if black people do not have the know how – but in essence just like during the apartheid days of “my vel is my grad” rather it has become a case of “my card is my qualification” – the right black people are simply not your ordinary ANC members. Now, before you ‘cadres’ start fuming, yes, the ANC has some qualified black people from within its ranks. But South Africa is much bigger than a 1 million member organization. Our skills pool is wide enough to make this country’s public service work in a way it’s supposed to.
I think that a time is coming when black professionals (outside the ANC), and the country at large will just be fed up with the political games being played by the “liberation movement” at their expense. When this happens it will certainly be at the ANC’s loss – because the ‘majority of people’ (black and white) are just after one thing, Survival – and whichever ‘lifeguard’ can keep them afloat will earn the support of the majority.
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