Councillors must stop being lazy - Block

2012-06-11 09:31
John Block smiles after being re-elected as ANC Northern Cape chairperson. (Emile Hendricks, Volksblad)

John Block smiles after being re-elected as ANC Northern Cape chairperson. (Emile Hendricks, Volksblad)

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Upington - Public representatives of the ANC in the Northern Cape must stop being lazy, party provincial chairperson John Block said on Sunday.

"Some of our comrades are plain lazy to do their work," Block told delegates at the end of the provincial elective conference in Upington.

The African National Congress leader said many councillors were quick to earn their salaries, even asking for increases, but were too lazy to do their work.

"Laziness is an enemy of the revolution."

Block said these lazy councillors usually take their time to respond to complaints from communities.

He said sometimes elected public representatives take months to respond to complaints and sit in offices while they are meant to communicate with people on the ground.

Arrogant comrades


Block also referred to arrogant comrades who have forgotten the people that elected them. He also included in the group government officials obsessed with rank and title.

The ANC leader said the past years have shown that those obsessed with rank and title ended up as nobodies, because they have lost their link with normal people on the ground.

"Title and positions are temporarily...renewal must come sometime," said Block.

He also urged members to improve themselves constantly in their professional lives.

"There are comrades after 18 years who made no attempt to improve themselves because the ANC would look after them."

Block said being in charge of a church's finances does not make anybody a good chief financial officer in a government department.

The ANC leader, elected for the third time as chairperson last week, said the Northern Cape has shown that the ANC could hold conferences without violence.

"You have set the standard for all ANC conferences," Block told the delegates.

He alluded to some attempts to disrupt the Upington meeting, but said "they failed... buses went back empty".

- SAPA
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