No more deployed cadres

2009-10-17 11:00

THE rot of collapsing municipalities has come back to the doorstep

of the ruling party.

An executive summary ­report on the state of municipalities in all

nine provinces, initiated by Cooperative ­Governance and Traditional Affairs

Minister Sicelo Shiceka, confirms what we have ­always suspected?– the

deployment of party cadres and loyalists is at the root of poor service


That is why, 15 years after the new dispensation, many communities

are still without ­water and houses and have to use the degrading and

dehumanising bucket toilet system.

The African National Congress must rethink this policy and

immediately sort out the mess it has created, or the wave of service delivery

protests we have seen in recent months will spread.

The report makes shocking findings, such as the absence of

performance management systems for municipal managers; political interference

and faction-fighting affecting the running of municipalities; lack of political

leadership; and rampant corruption and nepotism.

The jobs-for-pals phenomenon is identified as the main


President Jacob Zuma’s ­administration has to ensure that the

cancer of accruing wealth at the expense of communities, which the report

highlights, must end.

The country deserves no less.

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