Open letter to the president: Hold ministers accountable

2019-08-08 14:44
President Cyril Ramaphosa announces his Cabinet. Photo: Felix Dlangamandla

President Cyril Ramaphosa announces his Cabinet. Photo: Felix Dlangamandla

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I write this short letter as one of the millions of concerned and depressed citizens of this beautiful country we live in. Thousands are leaving the country or moving their assets abroad. Eskom and other SOEs' “troubles” and the state that is at war with itself are daily news. Retail sales are down, new car sales are down, a poor economic outlook and violent unrest and strikes with criminal acts with major disruptions to various local communities across the country are evident. Extremists and racial tensions are on the rise, orchestrated by people with their own political agenda.

All this is aggravated because we only hear these negative reports and news in all the different media formats. Surely there are positive things you and those who are not against you are doing that will result in changes and improvements that will be forthcoming as a result.

The following suggestions are made to counteract the negativity and boost the morale of business and the citizens at large.

Every minister should report to you once per month on the positive changes that have taken place in their areas of responsibility, during the month. An abridged report by the Presidency can then be submitted to all the media. This can also be used as a base for a monthly TV broadcast by yourself to highlight some of the achievements or plans that are in place, this opportunity can also then be used for you to express your concerns, and to condemn any inappropriate behavior from whatever source. Demand that those individuals in any public office that do not abide by the rules and regulation or are guilty of any misconduct be removed from office promptly.

In short, communicate with your people and demand positive change from all ministers, and local authorities, that will result in turning the tide of doom and gloom and make us all proud South Africans again.

My best wishes to you and a quote of inspiration:

“The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory any danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it.”

Kind regards,

James Coetzer

Knysna

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