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NPC takes aim at cadre deployment

2012-08-15 13:37

Cape Town - The National Planning Commission has strengthened its call for the state to move away from the cadre deployment system, in its revised plan released in Parliament on Wednesday.

The plan states: "Build a professional public service that serves government, but is sufficiently autonomous to be insulated from political patronage.

"This requires a clearer separation between the roles of the political principal and the administrative head."

Without explicitly naming the ruling party's deployment policy, which has been in place since the late 1990s, the plan states: "In South Africa, the current approach to appointments blurs the lines of accountability."

It says the current requirement that Cabinet approve the appointment of head of departments makes it unclear whether directors general are accountable to "their minister, to Cabinet, or the ruling party".

The commission says that after the fall of apartheid, there was good reason to give political principals "wide-ranging influence" over the public service, but suggests this has largely outlived its use.

Almost 20 years later, it says attention must shift to ensuring the public service is adequately equipped to play its part in transforming society.

It proposes that in the case of top-level public servants, "a hybrid approach" reconciling administrative and political imperatives be used.

At a lower level, it advocates a purely administrative approach. The plan again warns that Parliament's oversight role is far too weak, and calls for it to be strengthened.

Comments
  • neil.swart - 2012-08-15 13:51

    A lot of post-apartheid instituted measures has outlived it's use! I am afraid this is just here where the NPC shot itself in the foot! What cadre will give up his position? Who will tell these cadres to move, cause these cadres have alot of dirty washing to expose the people that put them there in the first place! Very noble idea, but yet again, just an idea!

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-08-15 13:54

    The moment I hear the word'cadre' I want to run a mile.

  • andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-08-15 13:56

    Is the function of the Civil Service to serve the government or to represent the government and serve the public by ensuring education, safety, medical services, water, electricity, social services, protection from foreign threats, good working environment, road safety, ID's and passports, etc.?

  • beryl.severain - 2012-08-15 13:59

    THEY HAVE TO EMPLOY THEIR CADRES - THEY ARE ALL SO CORRUPT AND EACH ONE KNOWS HOW CORRUPT THE NEXT ONE IS - "If you don't employ me I am going to tell all I know" OK CADRE YOU HAVE GOT THE JOB !!!!!!!!

  • alan.gernet - 2012-08-15 14:00

    Whaaat? Is somebody actually admitting that the cadre system is imperfect? Will somebody please wake me up if/when this gets actioned - I would hate to miss it!

  • Ditantane - 2012-08-15 14:04

    the reality is that Cadre deployment we still be here for the next 30 years and unless education is prioritised we are far from having capable public servants.

  • opinion.blake - 2012-08-15 14:09

    Reality sucks. The NDP will remain a wishlist. Ideology will rule!

  • tsndou - 2012-08-15 14:13

    Gwede will frick out.

  • nicolas.gombert.16 - 2012-08-15 14:14

    Trevor Manual: a lone voice in the political desert!

  • wisani.mathonsi1 - 2012-08-15 14:15

    This Cadre deployment is RDP-Ripping and destroying progress.... We cant help people who dont have skills to hold influancial position by virtue of them some saying they were in exile. Some say they fought for better opportunities for our country... True to their words, let those with no skill sit down and let those with necessary skills to do the job!!! Loyalty cant run the country but an individual with skill can. scrap this damn thing and see SA WORK

  • Armand - 2012-08-15 14:19

    If you have given something or has allowed something in Africa, then you better not break that chain. You will have riots and stone throwing. Good luck in trying to implement a new system!

  • Gavin - 2012-08-15 14:20

    err no, we need to get rid of the ANC in its entirety - that, would be a good start towards getting SA back on track. cadre member: someone too useless or dishonest to get a job on their own

  • charles.kubhayi.9 - 2012-08-15 15:17

    Excellent staff, this must be done quickly as the State President once mentioned.Radical change is required and the big corporations must stop using politicians to advance their selfish interests.

  • warwick.railton.7 - 2012-08-15 15:23

    Too late, the damage is done.

  • firstseed.mbeva - 2012-08-15 15:54

    Long overdue

  • jack.kukard - 2012-08-15 15:58

    Its to late there are to many cronies riding the train , lekker sous.....

  • patricia.dewet.92 - 2012-08-15 16:18

    Sorry Trevor the idiots will ignore you, they must keep their friends and family happy.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-08-15 17:47

      Trevor does not realise that educated people are just that. So it stands to reason the ANC was riding on its own people's back for the past 18 years.

  • quartus.vanzyl - 2012-08-15 17:44

    now for affirmative action!!

  • tobydt - 2012-08-15 18:02

    Like this will ever happen.

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