Mchunu speaks about values

2017-09-13 06:00
PHOTO: Makhosandile zuluFormer KZN Premier and former ANC provincial chairperson, Senzo Mchunu speaks at the Nehawu 30th anniversary celebrations at Grey’s Hospital last Friday.

PHOTO: Makhosandile zuluFormer KZN Premier and former ANC provincial chairperson, Senzo Mchunu speaks at the Nehawu 30th anniversary celebrations at Grey’s Hospital last Friday.

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UBUNTU, integrity, honesty, being trustworthy, respect, accountability, morality, ethical leadership and trust between leadership and rank and file - these are the values that former KZN Premier and former ANC provincial chairperson, Senzo Mchunu, said should be reflected by individuals in governance.

Mchunu was speaking at the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) KZN 30th anniversary celebration at Grey’s Hospital in Pietermaritzburg on Friday, September 1.

“We need to continue applying these values in our governance and we need to see these values intensified all the time,” Mchunu said.

Nehawu is affiliated to Cosatu which forms part of the Tripartite Alliance­ between it, the ANC and the SACP, and Mchunu told members to question whether leadership, particularly that of the ruling party, still abides by these values or has it shifted.

“We also have to look at the signs that will show we have shifted. We have to question whether are we not seeing signs of a declining state,” he said.

Mchunu said these signs include an increase in the unemployment and poverty rate, infrastructure falling apart and the state failing to revive it, and when the economy does not grow.

“What has happened to our government of revolutionaries, Cosatu, SACP, ANC, our collective brain? Aren’t we able to come together to think carefully to find solutions?”

Other signs of decay in the state, said Mchunu, include corruption in and the incompetence of state departments and inefficiently run parastatals, an increase in crime and communities losing trust in the police force.

“Corruption is not just about money­, it is also psychological, it affects logical and rational comrades.”

He denounced the governing party for compensating individuals that transgress, adding that the United Nations­ Transparency International 2016, an annual corruption perceptions index, which sampled 175 countries, declared South Africa the most corrupt country in the world.

Mchunu said it is encouraging that President Jacob Zuma agreed to set up a judicial commission of inquiry into allegations of state capture.

He said corruption within government is damaging the ANC and costing it votes.

Mchunu called for unity within the party and for members to avoid being divided by differing debates and urged delegates at the organisation’s elective conference in December, to listen to and vote according to their conscience and be wary of vote-buying.

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