VBS saga shows corrupt politicians will never be accountable

2018-11-13 10:28

Let me start by reminding public servants that they are hired based on their expertise and need no favour or whatsoever to execute and deliberate on matters of their personal knowledge acquired from years of sleepless night studying hard in obtaining their qualifications.

Going back to the issue now, as the VBS saga unfolded, I followed it with very keen interest to see who will ultimately be pointed out as culprits of these whole shenanigans. And believe me; it didn't come as a shock to me listening to all leaders of various municipalities affected refusing to take responsibility and apologise profoundly to our grannies, ordinary citizens and various societies that made deposits to the bank.

Rubbing salt to the wounds, it was the premier of Limpopo, chairperson of the ANC, when he says his government has taken action against officials who contravened the law by depositing municipalities' funds with VBS Bank while failing to deal collectively with ANC PEC members who are implicated in the Motau's report.

As this continues, I ask myself this question: who played an important role in making sure that the money end up in the bank? Whoever did that, was there any external or internal factors contributing to that particular endorsement?

It is publicly known that CFOs and municipal managers are political appointees and share a very close relationship with their bosses who happen to be mayors. If indeed the mayors' hands are clean, those officials suspended acted beyond the call of duty to please their principals, as no one wants to be on the wrong side of the boss. This was very embarrassing and disdainful as they let their profession and citizens down in a sense that they were expected to contribute immensely to the growth and development of their respective municipalities while sacrificed by those who top by raising fist (Amandla comrades).

This also reminds me of the Guptas landing a jet at the Waterkloof airforce base as all ministers denied knowledge of that and saw officials suspended eventually. So how long will it take for officials to start acting effectively to avoid being used as scapegoats as in the case of VBS saga?

The politicians will never be accountable as long as government officials continue to engage in things which are generally wrong. Maybe we should ask officials this question: is the smile of politicians better than your service?

Politicians would maintain cleanness in the expense of those who continue blunders planted by them. I believe the VBS Mutual Bank and Gupta saga can serve as a hard lesson to government officials to act accordingly or face being on the street with their hard earned qualifications in the armpit. It's about time as representatives to stand up and expose politicians for who they are, as simple as that.

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