‘Surprise leaders’ dangerous

2015-09-30 06:00


CAN we please take the time to discuss what is important when it comes to leadership. The politics of unexpected people leading is undemocratical.

The major issue for now is “leaders whose appointment comes as a surprise”. This results in defections; it causes parties to go to court, and brilliant and visionary minds to rebel.

An analysis of political parties shows that when people want to monopolise power, they tend to appoint people without letting them go through a process of induction. Conferences are an example in our politics: here people with integrity are sidelined.

The ruling party and many organisations are victims of “surprise leaders”.

The Free State has a history of seeing appointments being made in both the ruling party and the opposition of people from outside the party structures and not having them elected democratically.

In the Thabo Mofutsanyana District, there seems to be no need for leaders of great intellectual ability when appointments are made.

It seems as if the example is followed of the Zanu PF party in Zimbabwe who, since 1980, has had a deputy president whose appointment came as a surprise to those who did not unconditionally accept the authority of those in power.

With the 2016 elections drawing near I am sure we are going to see many such surprises, as those councillors who are loyal to the top structures turn a blind eye to maladministration that cloud the battle of succession by having “surprise candidates” appointed. These unexpected deployments can only lead to incompetence.

These tendencies should be investigated as they pose a threat to local government in this country

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