Erring leaders should resign

2012-07-29 14:12

Johannesburg - Public officials who know they have erred should admit their mistakes and vacate their positions, Deputy Minister in the Presidency Obed Bapela said on Sunday.

"We are saying let us build morals that say if one day I do wrong, I will be the first one to say publicly, I erred, I'm sorry, and leave the position," he told the Moral Regeneration Movement in Boksburg on Sunday.

"Today we are wrong and we still continue in our position as if nothing has happened," Bapela said at the end of moral regeneration month.

He said the country needed leaders with sufficient morals to admit their wrongs and allow better qualified people to take their positions.

He also said teachers played a critical role in socialising pupils at schools and that they should lead by example.

"It is only if teachers are willing to be at school, in class, on time ... that learners can also be at school, in class, on time respectful to teachers and learning."

  • tobydt - 2012-07-29 14:42

    Sorry dude, ANC officials dont resign for being incompetent or corrupt.

      Biker - 2012-07-29 14:50

      Why would they? While you drink cheap beer, they are having Strawberry Daiguiries and Johnny Walker. I'm just pulling your leg.....................

      Biker - 2012-07-29 14:53

      I wonder who gave you the thumbs-down? Maharaj must be reading the news............

      bernpm - 2012-07-29 14:56

      I seem to remember that Mr Zuma once was head of this moral regeneration movement. Mr Obed sits in the Presidency and should have a direct line to mr Zuma and go through his speech with him,

      scouter.fourone - 2012-07-29 15:01

      ".......that learners can also be at school, in class, on time respectful to teachers and learning." How can you expect children to respect their 'teachers and learning' when they have been denied the basic tool of learning, which is text books, by that very same system?

      Squeegee - 2012-07-29 16:32

      Is your boss about to resign? No, then shut up.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-07-29 17:30

      We should start with the president. All the stolen billions must be repaid. In 1994 we had 4000 schools in SA, now we got 2300. The ANC does nothing for educating, ever.

      tw2066 - 2012-07-29 21:12

      The richness of this story. The ANC talking about morals, in the wake of, one corrupt president, two police ministers, one education minister, one arms deal, a wall, a few donations, some travel costs, a few credit cards, a drug dealer, a Mudluli, a Tony Yengeni, a Shabir Shaik, a Mike Snotkop,... aw forget it, the ANC and morals just dont go tegether. Maybe this dude is trying to put the ANC out of power?

  • tony.naidoo - 2012-07-29 14:44

    Oops! That will leave a political vacuum!

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-07-29 17:32

      We do have a political vacuum in the presidency.

      tw2066 - 2012-07-29 21:15

      gerhard - there certainly is MORAL vaccuum..... in the ANC - starting with Political solusheeen Zooma

  • Biker - 2012-07-29 14:44

    If ever I have read rubbish then this is it. It is the task of the government to FIRE them. If we have to wait for every ANC member currently robbing this country to admit their "little" sins, then we will literally wait till Jesus comes around!

  • Henk - 2012-07-29 14:50

    Dont be stupid. The whole Anc cant resign....

  • ianon.ym - 2012-07-29 14:53

    What Resign? Voluntarily - HeHe in your dreams -

  • Klaus - 2012-07-29 14:54

    Bapela, the operative word is "MUST" resign, no option - straight to Jail !

      Michael - 2012-07-29 16:45

      In a democratic country, we dont just send people to jail, justice system must determine wether someone is guilty of crime or not, but i agree with you that people who are not doing their work must be removed without any compensation and with immedite effect.

  • flyswat - 2012-07-29 14:58

    Should read "We are all resigning with immediate effect and the floor is open for decent leaders to take over the country. Sorry for the inconvenience and we'll pay back all the money we have stolen from the public."

  • happy.kwangware - 2012-07-29 15:02

    Minister,I fail to see what to actually is yo argument.seems lik yu only want to talk about educators,worse still criticise them.

  • neville.welthagen - 2012-07-29 15:09

    Ja fat chance. Morals what frigging morals. They don't know the meaning of morals

  • sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-07-29 15:15

    I didn't know that News24 dabbled in comedy...

  • braamc - 2012-07-29 15:18

    He said the country needed leaders with sufficient morals to admit their wrongs and allow better qualified people to take their positions. - Bwah bwah, means the entire ANC should f%*ck off

  • malusi.shumane.7 - 2012-07-29 15:25

    Can you please say that to Angie and Zuma

  • allan.whitton1 - 2012-07-29 15:51

    You've got it wrong they should be fired with no golden handshakes that go with resignations, give them a prison sentence (in hospital of course) and make them repay with annual statements about how much they have paid. How many over the past 20yrs who said they would repay the money they fiddled have actually repaid it. There is one for the Mail and Guardian to investigate or the Sowetan.

  • Michael - 2012-07-29 16:28

    Infact they must be fired, none of then can voluntary resign, no one takes blame in our organization. In the previous administration, one minister kept promoting galic and African potatoe instead of prov iding Arv's, the president then kept on advocating that HIV does not cause Aids, he defended that stance up until he was removed.

  • KCorsar - 2012-07-29 16:29

    ANC officials will NEVER take such a position, they have TOO MUCH to lose, the garvy train will leave them behind. Nice Idea though, just a non starter until the leaders of Government start firing them without compensation for gross negligence and other charges within the Labour Act, instead of treating them with kids gloves!!

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-07-29 16:42

    whaaaaaat expect them to jump off the moving gravy train. No they have to be pushed, they wont jump infact even if the train comes to a dead stop they wont get off. As for teachers, what can I say. I know some very dedicated teachers then we have those who dont care a fig about teaching only in it for the money. These are the teachers that need to be eliminated but only way to tell in on class performance and then that can be corrupt because the principal does not want his school to get a bad report so he does not act. Therefore he is as corrupt as the teacher. Until, the law is enforced on those people who believe that they are the untouchables there is only one way we will go, and, that is downwards. Let people see the untouchables feel the arm of the law and we will see a different country. At the moment there is a law for the man in the street and another for the politically connnected.

  • Erna - 2012-07-29 16:46

    What! And get snow in summer!

  • Jaco - 2012-07-29 17:46

    If all the ones who erred resigns, there will be no leaders left in the cANCer.

  • jo.vankatwijk - 2012-07-29 18:22

    Wishful thinking, Mr Bapela. Pigs will never fly.

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-07-29 18:28

    Oh, this defies logic! Why would people who have persisted in doing wrong suddenly do the right thing? In itself that would be selective morality. A good start would be ANC prosecuting instead of protecting and finding candidates who can actually do the work.

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-07-29 18:34

    Why not put them all on suspension, on full pay of course... Just kidding!

  • andrew.arnesen - 2012-07-29 18:45

    At least someone at that level is saying the right thing...

      tobydt - 2012-07-29 19:01

      Elections must be around the corner.

      tw2066 - 2012-07-29 21:21

      Prof - BIG difference between SAYING and DOING. The ANC have taught us that lesson already. Example - we are a democracy, but we dont vote for a president? We are all equal, less AA and BBBEE. We have delivered books - just not to the schools....

  • nkadimeng - 2012-07-29 19:46

    why are you so lenient to corruption? All public servants must assume the duties under oath, noncompliance and contravention to regulations must be criminalized, then anyone opting for public office must know they need to serve the people with great diligence. Just in KZN recently when it was reported that most teachers had not declared their interest in other dealings, those ones should've been fired outright, its not like they didn't know that they had to. They evidently took advantage of a an incompetent government, and nothing will be done to them.

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-07-30 04:30

    yep they should lead by example...ZUMA you lecherous corrupt liar you should lead the exodus of erring leaders!!

  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-07-30 07:13

    If only they had morals. Where would the ANC find better qualified persons if JZ continues to appoint cadres and other who support him even though we all know he has failed in most endearvours to uplift the poor. The fact that BEE still is practised will never allow for the best qualified to be apppointed.

  • Emily-Jane Elson - 2012-07-30 08:00

    If fired, a golden handshake is OFF the table and definitely not an option!! I get let go from my job, I don't get handouts Wtf?? Not only stupid but sick & twisted if you ask me.

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