Deep concern about maladministration of all government departments

2015-08-13 06:00

HAVING dared to be critical of an ever-increasingly autocratic, aggressive, avaricious­ and corrupt ANC, and consequently finding doors closed in her face, the Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, felt compelled to make her voice heard in the only open forum available to her.

This is how she began her address to us all in the public media: “Honourable Speaker of the National Assembly, Honourable Members of the National Assembly and the people of South Africa, I am deeply saddened by the fact that I have to use the media as a platform to address you all. This is not my preferred mechanism to engage you, but the only one I have. I am convinced that this mechanism of engagement is neither the one envisaged by the architects of our Constitutional Democracy, nor the one used between legislators and public protectors across the globe.”

In response, absolutely characteristic of our government’s reaction to any legitimate and constructive criticism that it has been unable to stifle, the ANC’s Chief Whip attacked the Public Protector, accusing her of “political posturing”. Locally we currently have a similar instance of the ANC’s whipping- boy tactics in the open row between the DA’s Cllrs Trotter and Venter and the ANC’s Speaker, Cllr Ronnie Nair, because Carol Trotter, like Thuli Madonsela, tired of addressing the ANC government’s brick walls, felt compelled to resort to the press in order to be heard.

As a member of the public, I too resort to the media because government departments refuse to perform the duties of their office and no official functional, accountable and answerable forum exists.

Someone once described the local Speaker Ronnie Nair as the ANC’s “spin quack”. When he habitually attributes dishonourable ulterior motives to the DA’s councillors’ intentions and actions, and even claims to know their thoughts, using ludicrous fabrications to discredit them, then he merely exposes the absence of plausible excuses for the ANC administration’s appalling failings and encourages the perpetuation of its irresponsible and untenable culture of indolence, incompetence, arrogance, venality and corruption.

He often claims that the DA refuses to co-operate and work with the ANC, but the glaring point he misses is that the ANC only works for, and co-operates with, those who operate in the strictures of its own self-serving agenda. If it were not so, the country would not be on the brink of inexorable collapse.

I write as a member of that wide public to express my deep concern about the maladministration of all government departments in the ANC’s hands, and the failure of the ANC, after 21 years of decline, to produce any indication that it is capable of making the urgent and massive improvements needed to save this country – if it’s not too late to do so.

Steven van Staden


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