Cadre deployment: 'Loyalty ahead of competence'

2012-07-12 22:17

Johannesburg  - The ANC's policy of cadre deployment is adversely affecting public services, the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) said on Thursday.

"One conclusion that seems to be common is that the ANC's deployment strategy systematically places loyalty ahead of merit and even of competence, and is therefore a serious obstacle to efficient public service," HSRC researcher Modimowabarwa Kanyane said at a seminar in Pretoria.

Politically connected incompetent people were often deployed to public positions, which led to a demoralised public service.

"Incompetent and unqualified people are unable to deliver services efficiently and effectively. Competency and ethical standards are critical for an... effective public service."

He said managers with the relevant skills only constituted 0.4% of the country's public servants, and the majority of them served in national departments.

Deficit of skills

"Skilled people are concentrated at the national and provincial levels, but when you go deep into the municipalities, that is where we have a deficit of skills. So we don't have an even distribution of skills, even though it is in limited demand," Kanyane said.

"There is also a high level of turnover of middle and senior managers, due to stressful working conditions and the high demand for qualified professionals in the private sector and international opportunities for bright South Africans."

He said almost two-thirds of national departments did not have the basic capacity to investigate charges of corruption and bribery levelled at public servants.

"Officials who are found guilty generally receive very lenient punishments such as written warnings, and these matters are not reported to the police."

Kanyane said the country needed to accelerate its move towards a single public service - one that unified the three spheres of government.

Integrated planning

"I think the aggressive, giant leap to move towards a single public service is a merited success, but I [also] think... we have not really found a way of regularising that and making it possible," he said.

"The advantages of the single public service brings with it coherent and integrated planning... to evaluate and monitor public service holistically. To me... a single public service is urgent so that we will be able to integrate our [public service] systems."

He said more research needed to be done into the number of municipalities and provinces, and how reducing them would benefit the public service sector.

Researcher Gregory Houston said it was unfair to place all the blame for incompetent public servants on the African National Congress.

"The ANC has acknowledged the flaws in their cadre policy. It also has to be said that not all people deployed by the ANC are incompetent," he said.

"In addition, the past 18 years have seen the transformation of the public service from an extensive and expensive bureaucracy to one which is more flexible... from a public service dominated by one race group to one in which all race groups are represented."

  • jacques.dreyer.33 - 2012-07-12 22:28

    er, they only figured that out now? It's been obvious for a very long time! Jobs for incompetent buddies is not the way to run a country!

      Squeegee - 2012-07-12 22:38

      Banana anyone?

      liana.loots - 2012-07-12 22:46

      skilled people concentrated at provincial and national level...WHO ARE YOU KIDDING!!! from the prez down, a bunch of nincompoops!

      Christelle - 2012-07-12 23:23

      Did they honestly have to do research to see this. The normal people in this country have been saying it for years. And something else - they voters place loyalty before common sense too......

      sean.lambie.3 - 2012-07-13 02:14

      @squeegee.pilot - Please don`t waste bananas on those imbeciles !! Bunch of f@cken pathetic criminals , YOU ARE F@CKEN LUCKY 90% OF THE NATION IS DUMB AND BELIEVE YOUR BULL SH@IT !!

      eduardhomes - 2012-07-13 06:45

      what is new. Sad this is JZ and current ANC is to stuborn to actually attend to people of South Africa

      Mark - 2012-07-13 07:04

      They needed a study to 'discover' this? And how much did this wonderful new information cost the South African taxpayer?

  • willie.dique - 2012-07-12 22:28

    'Loyalty ahead of competence' - They are picking the fruits of it. Which sector is our country is not in trouble.........? We in South Africa need serious people to do serious managing of the country. Our super country is going down and backwards because of this "policy"!!!!

      john.lonsdale.5 - 2012-07-13 03:35

      Sorry, but the serious people to do serious managing have moved overseas, unable to keep or get a job in there own country due to Cadre deployment?

      Amanda - 2012-07-13 03:50

      Isn't it amazing that out of all departments, SARS is the only one which functions??

      Tony - 2012-07-13 07:41

      @amanda - you obviously haven't had SARS steal your money like they have from me due to their incompetence!

  • des.cider - 2012-07-12 22:35

    I am wondering how HSRC recognises competence when there is very little there in itself!

  • BulletProof. - 2012-07-12 22:38

    One conclusion that seems to be common is that the ANC's deployment strategy systematically places loyalty ahead of merit and even of competence,AND RACE.

      lownabester - 2012-07-12 22:43

      You nailed it there, 100% agree.

      sean.lambie.3 - 2012-07-13 02:15

      200% RIGHT !! That is how those criminals work !!

  • john.dorian.1042 - 2012-07-12 22:39

    Just SO supremely pleased that I left years ago. If you see the writing on the wall in big capital letters "nog al"and you do not act, then you can not complain. This weill never be corrected.

      Don - 2012-07-13 04:16

      Quite right John. I left in '96 because the writing was on the rickety ol' wall back then already. It was very evident back then that they were not only incapable, but were depressingly dumb and completely unsuitable to run an economic machine of the size of SA.

      Ben - 2012-07-13 06:01

      Good for you and I dont blame you. For most of the people who are still here it is not possible to leave. The more people leave the country, the more difficult it becomes for us who have to stay behind.

      Deon Van Der Merwe - 2012-07-13 07:40

      Ag boet why read our news then. I really get tired of self serving self justifying smug idiots like you. If you immigrate good on you but please spare us your smugness. And if "acting" is fleeing like a coward then you succeeded.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-13 11:31

      John, not everyone is capable of leaving. Are you going to tell the fiftyfive year old man without the skills required overseas that he is partly to blame for the situation here? How would you justify that?.

  • michael.i.wright - 2012-07-12 22:39

    Did it take an exhaustive study to draw this conclusion?

      Amanda - 2012-07-13 03:51

      More taxes wasted....

  • ron.wale.3 - 2012-07-12 22:44

    "Not all people deployed by the ANC are incompetent". True, but Trevor Manual is the ONLY one who is not incompetent!

      johan.prins3 - 2012-07-12 22:58

      This proves nothing: Trevor Manual is probably (?)the exception that proves the rule. But why fret: It only means that incompetence changed its colour. For many years we had Broederbond Morons in charge. What was this otherwise than cadre employment. The mentality has not changed! In fact we can trace our problems in education back to the moronic decisions the Broederbond (under their Nazi masters controlling the Afrikaner churches] has made since the early 1960's.

      chris.summers.3954 - 2012-07-13 01:24

      @Johan. Fair enough, there was plenty of this behaviour going on in the 1960s. However, there was still a smidgeon of accountability back then, if you were caught out stealing public funds there were consequences, and that is where the problem today lies. How is Yengeni still involved in governance of SA, ie on the taxpayer's dime? How is our minister of basic education still in her job, considering that she set up thousands of students in SA for bloody failure. It goes on and on.... And that is where the difference comes, corrupt politicians exist the world over, but only in africa are corrupt officials "redeployed" etc, and never held accountable. The public is paying for the lifestyles maggots such as Yengeni live, Maseratis, immunity to prison sentences and so on, it's all our bloody money, and yet the majority sees no problem with this?

      fussed.anderson - 2012-07-13 05:27

      Trevor Manual is just as guilty just by association and his silence

  • zolisa.dlokovu - 2012-07-12 23:06

    Cadre deployment is done throughout the world by ruling parties but it must be based on merit .There is nothing wrong when the ruling party is appointing its own people to run public service but it must only appoint people who have skills and leave other comrades at Luthuli house . The ruling party in SA thinks that they are the only people who can run govt depts.That is why we have dept.s like Dept. of women

      Freddie - 2012-07-13 02:32

      "Cadre deployment is done throughout the world by ruling parties" It isn't! Countries such as the UK and USA have none political Civil Services.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-13 11:34

      Zolisa, not true. Cadre deployment is not part and parcel of the Civil Service anywhere.

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  • pawel.poniatowski.3 - 2012-07-12 23:11

    Epic fail!!!

  • nazeer.vawda.5 - 2012-07-12 23:22

    An investigation will be conducted on this issue and a statement will be issued soon by ANC "it's apartheid's fault"

      Amanda - 2012-07-13 03:52

      Ta, you saved some tax money being spent on this conclusion!

  • mnyembane - 2012-07-13 00:07

    It is preposterous to make a sweeping statement that cadre deployment by the ANC is undermining service delivery. This is a political statement seek to cast doubt on ANC cadres in government and pressure ANC to curve in to reactionary policies of the oppositionists including HSRC. DA is Capetown and Municipalities under COPE/PAC/AZAPO/IFF/ etc deploy their own cadres on critical positions that must drive their own policies, in accordance to the electoral mandate and this is seen as correct. What a load of bull and rubbish to point ANC selectively. This is akin to some form of warfare called non kinetic warfare against the ANC, SEEKING to paralise its image in the eyes of Majority and casting doubt to Africans deployed. Such strategic paralysis is part of bigger counter revolutionary ploy. Am a deployee, sicne 1994, to Defence Force, am a social reformer and have duty to transform the inhuman dEFENCE into people centric defence, live accordance to constitutional mandate. Possess and we possess requisite skills HSRC will wish to have.So forward with CADRE DEPLOYMENT. Abuse of it is there for everyone to see and critic, but u need balanced criticism. ANC must never bow to unelected who wish to subvert the mandate given to it by electorate by deploying unknown, so unreliable that they will sell RSA to highest bidder. We serving revolution and the people are bulwark, that revolutionary trajectory. PAPI SIZANI

      chris.summers.3954 - 2012-07-13 00:36

      I think you should lay off the booze before you post here.... "We serving revolution and the people are bulwark, that revolutionary trajectory" What are you trying to say here exactly? You can't even string a few words together in a meaningful manner, tell me more about that "non kinetic" warfare story, and the revolution, and so on. I hope you are the leader of whatever non-kinetic, cadre-deployed bulwark you are cooking up in that wee little brain of yours...because the world sure needs a bit more of a laugh....

      antin.herinck - 2012-07-13 01:38

      It's preposterous, no DISASTROUS how your retarded deployed cadres are stealing SA blind and whats left is so misruled that we won't see the end of this decade without some serious unrest and bloodshed. The rest of your ANC sycophant crap-from-retards-for-retards is not worth reading. Go on with your wrecking of SA, reality will catch up with most of you.

      rontheogre - 2012-07-13 02:02

      The sweeping statement was based on proof gathered relating to qualifications(0,4% are qualified),performance audits done by the departments themselves do determine promotions,etc.Each and every report generated by the HSRC has a reference list on which the report is based and can be verified. Cadre deployment IS practised by the DA with one huge difference,the appointed people CAN DO THE JOB.When a DA cadre screws up, he/she is turfed out,not re-deployed to perpetuate the problem somewhere else. "SEEKING to paralise its image in the eyes of Majority and casting doubt to Africans deployed".No other political party needs to do this as it is done all by the ANC itself. I would not be so proud of deployment in the SANDF when looking at how it has degraded in the past 18 years.From being one of the top Defence Forces (I think it was rated 4th best in the world, now only no 31 below countries like Egypt, Philippines, Iran, Pakistan, as rated by comparing what bases look like now compared to 18 years ago I hang my head in shame.Rotting and rusting equipment, sloppy discipline and dress code,incompetent officers and ill trained recruits are but just a few bad examples. Lastly, the unelected is sorely needed to keep the ANC honest as those that voted for them refuse to do so.

      Beertjie Peertjie - 2012-07-13 02:13

      Stupid punk!

      Don - 2012-07-13 04:22

      I love this sort of simplistic, juvenile Afro-logic that can only be understood (apparently) by their equals. And isn't there far too many of them about! Mnyembane and his opinion is the symptom of what is wrong with SA, and what continues to be wrong with the Pit. Admit it all. You will NEVER recover and prosper, not for as long as the majority of the voting population not only agrees, but understands this imbecile's opinion.

      Gerda Malherbe - 2012-07-13 05:25

      You are in the Defence Force to DEFEND us, you idiot, not be a political pawn. That's what the taxpayer is paying you to do. This is exactly why we have no defence force to speak of. People like you

      Deon Van Der Merwe - 2012-07-13 07:36

      Very emotional... No Papi the defence force proves the point, it is not people centric it is not worth spit and it is an embarrassment to the name and to the country, only your President is more embarrassing. In fact it proves the HSRC's point. Btw my wife left after 13 years because she could not stand what has happened to the organisation.

      ricky.hammer.92 - 2012-07-13 07:38

      When the next revolution is over we will hang every paid up anc member Mr Papi Mnyembane.Enjoy it while you can.

      harold.parsons.37 - 2012-07-13 07:53

      Everytime I walk into a government institution I smell incompetence. It stinks of arrogance and fear of being seen for the idiots that some cadres are. Mnyembane Your stupid ideas that buddies should be put in jobs is typical African goverment thinking. it comes from the notion that no one can be trusted outside of the party. I think I smell fear.

      DrGonzoSA - 2012-07-13 07:56

      Get your head out of the sand. The ANC give totally unqualified people jobs. The results are inevitable. Bow to the unelected? Public services are NOT just for the ANC, they are for the PUBLIC. That is everybody. Of course the irony is that the people who suffer most from this incompetence are the poor, who voted for these idiots in the first place. Get your head out of the sand.

      johan.maree.5036 - 2012-07-13 09:10

      Oh, okay, this explains why the Defense force is in the state it is... thanks for clarifying. You are actually proud of putting your deployed cadres before the other 45 600 000 people in this country. That's a bit sick! You should be ashamed of yourself!

      butch.poulter - 2012-07-13 09:12

      "Pseudo intellectual"

      rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-07-13 11:20

      mnyembane: Did you miss the core argument deliberately???? The problem stated is the general use of cadre deployment ahead of merit. Get it, you choose your mate even if he is poorly qualified and capable. It seems that in your liberalised perception choosing your mate equals a justifiable response against what you call kinetic warfare. Not sure what it means, maybe you have a job that could be better served by understanding the value of reward by merit/results rather than social rhetoric.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-13 11:36

      Mnyembane, it is thinking like this that cause the potholes.

  • antin.herinck - 2012-07-13 01:33

    And they pay people to find this out?

      DrGonzoSA - 2012-07-13 07:58

      No doubt a bunch of imperialist puppets and bloody agents

  • mouwane - 2012-07-13 01:46

    We ALL know that,no research required..and many of us can think of amicable solutions to deal with this..problem is/has and quite possibly will always be implementation

  • Dave - 2012-07-13 02:05

    No sh@t....That - plus the strategy of using government positions for job creation. Flooding a police service , home affairs and other departments with incompetent people simply to lower the unemployment figures just add to the corruption.

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-07-13 02:50

    What planet is this HSRC researcher from ? Alternatively WTF has it been..comatose? It would appear that the HSRC follows the ANC..Loyalty ahead of competence' !! Yoohoo anyone home? what an assh*le!!

  • reynard.j.debeer - 2012-07-13 04:56


  • piet.boerie - 2012-07-13 04:57

    They only figure that out now what we have been blogging about for about 5 years now. Whats is also not good is the politicisation of the public service. We see this now with Cosatu and its strikes trying to get more power in Government. YOU ARE PUBLIC SERVANTS AT OUR SELECTION PAID BY OUR TAXES.

  • duma.nkabinde - 2012-07-13 05:54

    \In addition, the past 18 years have seen the transformation of the public service from an extensive and expensive bureaucracy to one which is more flexible... from a public service dominated by one race group to one in which all race groups are represented.\I'm sure news 24 cadres missed that part, and it seems that they just read the heading and avoid the rest of the article, they are more concern about the ANC and its flaws than building a country where everyone is afforded an opportunity to contribute in taking this country to greater heights.iAFRIKA yizwe lethu!

      Deon Van Der Merwe - 2012-07-13 07:30

      Wake up mate, the public sector has very few whites in it. For instance the Department of Education in Kzn only has two white senior managers out of a group of roughly 30 people. How does this afford whites an opportunity? Any moral high ground black people might have had is now eroded by nepotism and racism.

      vandeventer.sarel - 2012-07-13 07:45

      So u rather care more about transformation than service delivery? And next week u burn tyres and destroy property because of no services delivered, or maybe not. Maybe u are one of those incompetent cadres?

      vandeventer.sarel - 2012-07-13 07:45

      So u rather care more about transformation than service delivery? And next week u burn tyres and destroy property because of no services delivered, or maybe not. Maybe u are one of those incompetent cadres?

      duma.nkabinde - 2012-07-13 07:55

      I woke up a long time ago and realized that white South Africans are white first before they are South African, and I don't hear you whites come with solutions and yet you are the first to complain.

      wehan.victor - 2012-07-13 09:49

      @Duma,idiot,we have solutions, you guys just won't listen. Just look at how the government has managed to screw up every single part of the public service. Furthermore, the ANC are black before anything else.

      corne.coetzee.92 - 2012-07-13 09:51

      That's it. I'm closing all my Nedbank accounts. If this is the drivel their employees come up with, I shudder to think what financial decisions are made in that bank! Mr Nkabinde, I am South African. As long as you refer to me as being white, black, pink or orange, you are pre judging me. ALL that South African's want is to receive the service the Government is obliged to give us under the Constitution, and their duty towards SOUTH AFRICAN'S. Time has come to take off your tinted shades my friend.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-13 11:40

      duma, don't worry we ALL read that part too. But as it is the usual ANC claptrap why should we bother with it?.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-13 11:43

      Duma, it is pointless for whites to come with solutions. They are met with an air of "here comes whitey still wanting to teach US what is right or wrong". So how far do you think whitey should go?.

      duma.nkabinde - 2012-07-13 15:01

      Please close those accounts I don't give a damn about what happens to that bank in fact I am doing my best to see it fall on its knees! Run and go tell your white friends @ Nedbank.

  • Arthur Salvado - 2012-07-13 06:27

    All competent people employed by SARS. The rest queue up for their turn of entitlement to steal. SARS is good for you.

  • warwick.railton.7 - 2012-07-13 06:36

    The bottom line is: it's a crime against humanity.

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-07-13 07:01

    Who wouldve thought!!! In my line of work, incompetence = fire you @ss.

      jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-07-13 07:34

      Sorry,,your @ss. Before somebody points out that I'm incompetent of spelling.

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2012-07-13 07:06

    No s**t hey...after all these years they only realise it!

  • corne.nel1 - 2012-07-13 07:07

    Duh!.....And the wheel of fortune is turning, turning, turning..... honest taxpayers money has to pay for all these "good intentions", only to say at the end,"sorry, we were in the process of learning, it was a new democracy"

  • Chumscrubber1 - 2012-07-13 07:11

    We all know this already. And the bad thing is this is one of the things that feeds us whites the idea that we are superior. I walk out of our local municipal offices thinking - eish these blacks are useless. Then I go to the bank and am helped by the most efficient black person ever. The realisation is its not blacks generally that are incompetent, its just certain sectors employ incompetent blacks. This is a very serious issue. I also believe trade unions have a lot to do with protecting lazy incompetent people, instead of caring for the rights of real workers, people with pride and a work ethic. This is especially true of the "black" unions affiliated with Cosatu. It would be nice if there was a strong black movement promoting black excellence instead of playing with black people as mere political pawns.

      charles.gregory.7906 - 2012-07-13 07:18

      I never thought about it in that way but you opened my eyes to it

      Thobile Lugwadu - 2012-07-13 07:26

      I think its communism. Almost all workers in the public service are arrogant ,especially the unionised ones. This is not to say there must be no trade unions,but unions themselves must encourage their members to work dilligently,efficiently and with passion. When i visited my local clinic ,i asked the sister in charge as to how does she measure work perfomance and quality of work. I also asked to see her quality measurement tools, she knew absolutely nothing about those things. Its not her fault though, but the beraucracy in government departments.

      vandeventer.sarel - 2012-07-13 07:31

      Well said chum. Unions dont care about excellence, they only care about numbers and money. Number of members that is! And the sad truth is most of them ae dumb ass union members

  • stuart.b.pringle - 2012-07-13 07:29

    Wow! The DA have been saying this is the problem for years now! The bottom line is that the most important thing any politician can do is to appoint the best people to the administration, closely followed by putting workable policies in place, allocating sufficient resources to implement those policies and finally monitoring that implementation

  • ian.jansevanvuuren - 2012-07-13 07:30

    It took a study to determine this??

  • andrew.martin.71619533 - 2012-07-13 07:39

    i wonder when.....if ever....the mind-set will change....uneducated people cant see the plot.....when there is no food, no jobs, no will be too late.....

  • andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-07-13 07:42

    The fact that they only realize it now just proves how incompetent the lot are!

  • Seako Masibi - 2012-07-13 07:47

    get rid of the party system and you will see, cos then, there won't be a need for cadre deployment.

      kathleen.whiteley.7 - 2012-07-13 07:59

      Logical, but untrue

  • dane.booyens - 2012-07-13 07:48

    Ineptocracy: a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

  • hendrikvs - 2012-07-13 07:50

    The HSRC is too honest. They face the danger now of being nationalised or there will be a new law passed to stop their transparency to shut them up! LOL

  • bibi.vanzyl - 2012-07-13 07:51

    Zuma, his 6 wives, 21 children and his 40 thieves are ultimately the cause of what is still wrong with SA. It is a cop out to still blame the whites and apartheid and to take from the wealthy and give to the poor. The government has done very little to about the plight of the poor but make promses before election time. Education could have had a major overhaul in 18 years, but every useless education minister has to boost his/her ego with useless experiments on our children with dire effects and just passes the buck when there is a crisis. Keeping useless kings in luxury, blatant stealing from the state coffers and the enrichment of government (YES that includes the so called union bosses) officials and draping themselves with all things blingy makes for disaster. But still the blame is being laid at every business which has taken years to build and every white man and women. This issue in the above article will only stay talk.

  • kathleen.whiteley.7 - 2012-07-13 07:55

    That was the first transition, contemplated, as far as Municipalities are concerned, by section 83 of the Municipal Systems Act 2000. There are now three kinds tof external service providers. Those who are paid up front; those who do the job; those who tender for a second job on condition they are paid for the first

  • UNITY - 2012-07-13 07:57

    It doesn't work...we waste millions through stupid cadres.. Who don't have a clue. Like beetroot will cure aids.. Please put competent black people in government rather . This ideology that we need to educate more blacks is rubbish.. There a many well educated black people with specialised degrees , that cannot get jobs! They have the knowledge , they have the ability.. Yet the ANC will deny its own people on the ground the right to make a difference at the expense of cadres who are already close to extinction anyway.. Radical change is needed Mr President..then prove to us where the spear of intellectual cpaital the top or bottom!And use it wisely ,before its too late.

  • carolyn.myburgh - 2012-07-13 07:58

    Well duh!!!

  • eyesears.handsfeet - 2012-07-13 08:01

    As usual the anc knew all along. The problem is admitting it. If they keep on listening to the people outside of SA of how to run SA, the anc or any other group taking advise from outside, will eventually mess it up completely. It's not about the representing of all race groups which once again are being used as camo, it's about taking advise from failing economies overseas. (So-called research done all the time.) The government is so hell bound on the race issue (without using the SA expertise), instead of actually thinking for themselves the next step to a situation and how to solve it. Calling on the private sector (in public) to help them find the solutions. That would not have been done previously and would have been seen as a weakness by most SA people regarding the government. One that cannot be afforded. When SA expertise are being used, it is once again only a selected few, because of personal agenda's, which will never end and to keep the masses in a airy-fairy frame of mind.

  • mark.barker.370 - 2012-07-13 08:15

    Only way to cure this = TAX BOYCOTT

  • godesha - 2012-07-13 08:17

    It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure this one out.

  • nspaynter - 2012-07-13 08:29

    History is repeating itself! The same thing happened when the Nats took over. The competent white English were replaced with members of the Broederbond.

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-07-13 17:48

      The so called competent white english was not intersted to improve our country. They were only intersted in making money while the afrikaner did want to improve the country for the sake of everbody black white and brown ext and they were doing well as many people admid that they were better of before the ANC f*7* up. If only blacks were not so impatient\r\nback then and let time take it course our country today would have been a much better place.

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-07-13 08:38

    WHat am I supposed to make of the contradictions in this report? It begins as a balanced criticism of cadre deployment something that surely was an obvious and known risk when it was implemented. But what is the real meaning behind saying that the plan to conmbine the rthree levels IS a SUCCESS. I mean how can you describe something as a success when it has not been done? Silly statement that discredits the core message, then we have Houston trying to take the edge off by telling that it is not all the anc's fault. Isn't it ti,e to call a spade a spade and put the blame for the chaos and corruption right at the anc's door?

  • andy.rossell - 2012-07-13 09:48

    It is called BEE this racist policy is destroying South Africa

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-07-13 13:02

      Its not really that bad a policy if applied sensibly. Nobody applies it sensibly though.

  • ad.pel.1 - 2012-07-13 11:08

    "the ANC's deployment strategy systematically places loyalty ahead of merit and even of competence, and is therefore a serious obstacle to efficient public service," - the DA is no different,as is evident from their candidates lists and selections,particularly at the local government level.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-13 11:28

    Loyalty above knowledge.Incompetence rules as long as you are a loyal ANC member. Here comes more potholes, more bad service and more Jack Daniel's drinking officials thanks to the ANC.

  • john.mahlahlane - 2012-07-13 13:43

    We're herding for Zimbanwe.It's really scarey.As long as we're led by those morons up there, we'll end up all being co-ecced into voting for them or else be starved to death,just like in many dysfunctional African countries.I remember "Die groot Krokodil" once said that blacks will never rule themselves.If you give him a gun he turns against his people.I never thought we will come this far.Let us all do something they 'll never forget, vote them all out and give another party a chance for five years.

  • norman.gedle - 2012-07-24 19:16

    I am worried about the future of our country, soon we will be like many countries in africa not knowing where we are heading and controlled by china and other opportunisitc foreign countries

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