Durban – KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu has called on
civil servants to put ordinary South Africans first.
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"In a democratic country, gone are the days when
government employees and politicians behaved as if they were doing a favour
[for] members of the public. We are public representatives elected through a
democratic process and we serve at the will of the people," said Mchunu.
He was speaking at a Freedom Day celebration event at the
Embuzweni Sports Field in Ladysmith.
He said intellectual capacity, technical qualifications
and possession of rare administrative or specialised skills were a prerequisite
for an efficient and effective state.
"However, these attributes are meaningless if
employed to abuse the system to the disadvantage of ordinary members of
society. Your skills as civil servants must benefit the community. It is for
that reason... you were employed in the first place."
Before addressing the gathering Mchunu visited the
Sbongile and Sithembile townships in Dundee and Glencoe respectively to hand
over title deeds to the new home owners.
He said, it was "heartening to see them appreciating
what the government has done for them. We have dealt a hard blow to the
apartheid's government’s policy of segregation".
"The architects of apartheid, including those who
still have an apartheid hangover, are visibly angry as they see a white woman
married to an Indian man both living in the township side-by-side, in harmony
with fellow African neighbours."
Mchunu said when he handed over a title deed to a Mitchell
Goosen he was reminded of former president Nelson Mandela and thought the
gesture was a fitting tribute to the late icon.