Presidency slams Pityana for ‘stooping too low’

2012-09-25 15:21

Former Unisa vice-chancellor Barney Pityana has stooped “way below dignified public discourse and intellectual engagement” in his Neil Aggett lecture, the Presidency has said.

In the lecture, Pityana reportedly said South Africans should take responsibility for the country’s failures because they elected leaders without vision and basic competence.

“We must blame nobody but ourselves for the tragedy of our education system, a collapsing healthcare system, a bloated but inefficient civil service, pervasive crime, and corruption that has become endemic,” Pityana said, according to Dispatch Online.

In a statement released this afternoon, the Presidency said “disagreements are welcome in a democratic society, but should take place within the bounds of common human decency without promoting a culture of hurling insults”.

Presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj also slammed Pityana for “incorrect and misleading” statements, including the claim that Nkandla is the only village that receives attention from government.

“At the national level, Nkandla is one of 23 districts that have been identified by government for interventions due to deep levels of poverty, scientifically established through thorough investigation,” Maharaj said.

» View the results of our poll on Pityana’s statements here.

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