So here we are in June 2018 and the stuff is literally hitting the fan. Most of municipalities, state-owned enterprises and state hospitals are in a mess, financially and service delivery wise, with corruption, tender fraud and nepotism and favoured political cadre deployment the main offenders it would appear.
So who is at fault for this? We, the taxpayers, pay our money but it is wasted or stolen or disappears and the people depending on it receive hardly any services. Yet, the employees and councillors sit pretty, chew gum and do hardly anything else except to take home their over inflated salaries.
But amongst all of this we are expected to pay extra to Treasury to fund the new National Health Insurance system. The government can’t even control the present health system and yet they want us to give them more money to waste? But in my view and that of the Auditor General seemingly, this has never been about insufficient money. This is about wastage of money and inept staff and management.
Foreign nationals are blamed. Shame on you. You really think this is all caused by foreign nationals then you have missed the Auditor General's point. Our HIV program, as you say the biggest and best in the world? Maybe it’s because we have the biggest problem in the world? Maybe Mr Minister you need to spend more time trying to teach our people to refrain from practicing indiscriminate and unsafe sex rather than just focusing on the result. The culture needs to change if we are to really save our people.
Our SOEs are the same. Has anyone ever asked why is it that other airlines can function within the same environments and survive keeping fares as low as possible? It is because of the way they operate. Learn from them.
My point is this. To paraphrase Mr Ramaphosa’s utterances in Parliament a while back, aimed at the time mainly at white people. The reality is that it is really the government and the ruling party who have to wake up and smell the coffee. It is them, their cadres and civil servants throughout the country who must wake up and smell the coffee.
It is indeed now time that the ANC were honest and admitted the real depth of their ineptitude to their supporters and the real reasons for lack of service delivery. Stop blaming the wrong people.