Appeal for good governance

2017-11-07 06:00

DEAR aspiring leader of the African National Congress, I am humbly appealing to you through this letter to look seriously into governance in our beautiful but diverse country, South Africa.

It is without doubt that the ANC-led government played a major role in developing and extending democracy and freedom in the form of a life of dignity and human rights to all South Africans, providing the necessary important basic services such as health care, education, water, sewage and refuse removal and electricity to the majority of the people which were inaccessible during the repressive and violent years of apartheid. The pervasive corruption and injustices we are now witnessing are gradually eroding the achievements and noble visions of our founding struggle heroes.

After more than two decades of democracy there is a growing concern across SA regarding the competence and efficiency of many government structures, especially the municipalities.

Government structures like municipalities are important mechanisms in the construction of South African state institutions as they deal directly with people on the ground. They are also crucial partners with regards to attracting investment, job creation, rural development, addressing poverty alleviation and inequalities, and delivering services to communities.

Notwithstanding these milestones and achievements, I believe that factors such as lack of proper financial management, transparency and accountability, corruption, nepotism, tender-related fraud, factionalism and a shortage of skills, among others, are impeding the transformation process and nation-building in South Africa.

To this end, I urge the future leader and subsequent leaders of South Africa to perform and fulfil their constitutional duties and mandate so that the different government structures such as municipalities function at optimum levels.

Vigorous, practical, adaptable and inclusive assessment and problem-solving tools to measure service delivery and performance are needed.

MOHAMED SAEED

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