Councillors must stop being lazy - Block

2012-06-11 09:31

Upington - Public representatives of the ANC in the Northern Cape must stop being lazy, party provincial chairperson John Block said on Sunday.

"Some of our comrades are plain lazy to do their work," Block told delegates at the end of the provincial elective conference in Upington.

The African National Congress leader said many councillors were quick to earn their salaries, even asking for increases, but were too lazy to do their work.

"Laziness is an enemy of the revolution."

Block said these lazy councillors usually take their time to respond to complaints from communities.

He said sometimes elected public representatives take months to respond to complaints and sit in offices while they are meant to communicate with people on the ground.

Arrogant comrades

Block also referred to arrogant comrades who have forgotten the people that elected them. He also included in the group government officials obsessed with rank and title.

The ANC leader said the past years have shown that those obsessed with rank and title ended up as nobodies, because they have lost their link with normal people on the ground.

"Title and positions are temporarily...renewal must come sometime," said Block.

He also urged members to improve themselves constantly in their professional lives.

"There are comrades after 18 years who made no attempt to improve themselves because the ANC would look after them."

Block said being in charge of a church's finances does not make anybody a good chief financial officer in a government department.

The ANC leader, elected for the third time as chairperson last week, said the Northern Cape has shown that the ANC could hold conferences without violence.

"You have set the standard for all ANC conferences," Block told the delegates.

He alluded to some attempts to disrupt the Upington meeting, but said "they failed... buses went back empty".

  • Kala - 2012-06-11 09:36

    The Northern Cape!!! Block take your head out your @ss!! Its a coutry wide phenomenon.

      Squeegee - 2012-06-11 10:03

      Hahaha, the corrupt leading the corrupt.

      Kala - 2012-06-11 10:14

      I guess that now that the Northern Cape elections are over Block can go back to ... well sitting in his office.

      Rob - 2012-06-11 10:18

      ANC humour ?

      Allen - 2012-06-11 10:40

      The pot calling the kettle....(what is the PC word for black?)

      mark.j.porter.5 - 2012-06-29 04:53

      @allen.bullard.9 - I would believe in this case the correct term would be 'block' ;)

  • Koos - 2012-06-11 09:41

    BBBwwwaaaa HAHAHAHAHA! You have no idea and it is not just the Northern Cape. Damn these ANC boys have no idea what is actually happening and how it is.

  • joe.farmer.92775 - 2012-06-11 09:42

    Councillors must stop being ANC; same message

  • nigel.burgess.52 - 2012-06-11 09:46

    What a profound statement.

  • Burtfred - 2012-06-11 09:56

    Councillors should stop being corrupt, actually.

  • dennis.vermaak.5 - 2012-06-11 09:57

    "Councillors must stop being lazy" ..... AND councillors should stop corruption including you Mr Block

  • Thato Okonkwo Fakudze - 2012-06-11 10:00

    "Laziness is an enemy of the revolution." wow

      Tony Lapson - 2012-06-11 10:12

      18 years later... Still talking about some kind of revolution? REVOLUTION: A forcible overthrow of a government or social order for a new system. (in Marxism) The class struggle that is expected to lead to political change and the triumph of communism. ????????????????????????

      Thato Okonkwo Fakudze - 2012-06-11 10:31

      My point exactly... Revolutionary tendencies!

      Rob - 2012-06-11 10:37

      Laziness is a part of the revelooting !

      Tony Lapson - 2012-06-11 14:41

      They use the word "revolution" so much, just to appeal to young radicals. Gotta stop educating people, or they will eventually Learn the meaning of the word and actually take the ANC's advice to forcibly overthrow the ANC government, literally.

  • Eddy - 2012-06-11 10:07

    Pot calling kettle black.

  • brionyl.french - 2012-06-11 10:09

    says the pot!

  • Allan - 2012-06-11 10:15

    In his third term he is going to start delivering to the poor? Next week its back to business as usual - who are the poor?

      Jacqui - 2012-06-11 12:45

      No Allan, next week it is back to' who can I rip off this week'.

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  • Danie - 2012-06-11 10:22

    Is a lazy comrade not better thand a criminal comrade? Look who is talking?

  • Erich - 2012-06-11 10:33

    Any comments on honesty, Mr Block?

  • Ryno - 2012-06-11 10:39

    this is the speech all elected officials make...till they taste their first his case, he has tasted quite a few bribes - hence is in this position

  • Winifred - 2012-06-11 10:54

    Well, seems they all need to have their jobs explained to them because they are a bunch of lazy arrogant people who believe south africa owes them something. Stop calling them by their fancy job titles etc like general so and so and deputy general so and so. Just plain PUBLIC SERVANT will do. These titles go to their heads. Yes I agree, they are the laziest of the lazy and they get well paid for it to. Have you every heard of one of the ministers arriving on time, being late of a meeting is the height of bad manners. Even our president turns up hours later than he should, while his supporters wait anxiously baking in the hot sun for him to show his face. Dispicable to say the least. They are public figures and need to show respect for the people and not the other way around.

  • Dee - 2012-06-11 10:54

    I wonder if it is laziness ... or a sheer lack of 'know how'? Development of management skills takes 1) Executive Ethos and example 2) Mentoring by seniors - often years of this 3) Well oiled check and balances - with e.g. monthly status / progress reporting and immediate remedial action. This 'annual non qualification' of audits way after the horse has bolted - and what remedial sanction or action is ever taken? Provinces have to collapse before "senior exec' step in ....

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  • Deon - 2012-06-11 11:20

    John Block should have resigned many moons ago. He won't be able to lead the ANC N Cape from jail or would he?

  • foxiloxi - 2012-06-11 11:50

    Another ANC thief!! I believe that the only honest politician in the ANC is Nkosazana Zuma!!

  • Pieriewaaier - 2012-06-11 12:38

    Says he! Of all corrupt people! "He said sometimes elected public representatives take months to respond to complaints and sit in offices while they are meant to communicate with people on the ground." Stop communicating your inanities and start delivering, you stupid man!

  • Jacqui - 2012-06-11 12:44

    Another still trying to get his hands clean. Why do the ANC draw sods to them?.

      dewalds3 - 2012-06-11 14:26

      A den of thieves will have very little use and no place for honest people....

  • antin.herinck - 2012-06-11 13:18

    Great, just what we need. More bladediblahblah from another ANC wunker.

  • nkululeko.j.duma - 2012-06-11 18:09

    Councillors are not lazy but they don't know what they are doing. Councillors are not developers but political representatives, that's why we need professional community developers in place.

  • johann.vanryneveld - 2012-06-29 05:50

    Stop being lazy steel as much as you can!!!

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-07-27 15:04

    Youuuu cunsilers - you must nooot be lazy. While I'm stealing this side, you must wek verrrry hard. I don't wont to hier you are being laaaaaazyy, and you inturupt my stealing. This is verrrry importunt.

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