Competence of MPs forces ANC rethink

2012-03-22 22:39

Cape Town - The ANC will hold a roadshow next week to assess its parliamentary constituency offices after finding that some its MPs were not competent enough to answer questions from communities.

Party Chief Whip Mathole Motshekga told reporters at Parliament on Thursday that the constituency system was a critical organ of "an activist Parliament", but that individual MPs needed help in answering service questions from communities.

"In the past we left it to individual MPs to interact with the people," Motshekga said.

"If you send the MP alone you find that the questions being raised are about local government and the MP is not the best qualified person to deal with that.

"Unless the MP comes from the NCOP [National Council of Provinces] we find that they cannot deal competently with the issues."

This time the party wanted to bring the public representatives from all three spheres to interact with people.

Motshekga said by clustering public representatives the ANC would be able to provide "a total solution" to the people.

The party wanted to be able to pick up grievances timeously or to intervene with the affected government departments so that they delivered the services required by communities.

"We can go back to communities and explain there is a plan to build a dam here and provide water. There is a plan to provide electricity and indicate time frames," he said.

"Unless people are informed, they feel as though they are being neglected."

The ANC's delegation, which will include Motshekga, will visit all 264 of its caucus offices.

  • Kmalebye - 2012-03-22 22:56

    we as the anc need to stop fooling ourself sometime and put people who have the right credencial in certain positions.

      Bloodstone - 2012-03-22 23:05

      Have a Bells Kmalebye! I am not a member of the ruling party, but I so wish that that you guys will follow the route of common sense, educated and sensible actions, with the whole county's well being in mind!

      infijar.ken - 2012-03-22 23:56

      Then allow the constituents to vote for their own MP, rather than having an imbecile deployed to them.

      Vince - 2012-03-23 06:41

      @Kmalebye, I am surprised that after this you still start your comment with "we as the anc......."

      Bobby - 2012-03-23 06:54

      Correct. If the ANC does that, it will become a real political party that will be able to run this country well.

      Klaus - 2012-03-23 08:21

      It would be far cheaper to replace those human dummy's with real dummy's ! I would be very interested, what is the minimum requirement, if any, to represent the electorate in a place like parliament (besides being a cANCer cadre) Mrs A.Merkel has a doctorate in Physics - our Mr JZ in ????

      tebojack - 2012-03-23 12:52

      Kmalebye. You have said a mouthful. It is not only MPs. The problem extends down to ward councillors, these are the people who are suppose to ensure the implemenation of anc policies to the benefit of the masses.

  • Billy - 2012-03-22 22:56

    "Unless people are informed, they feel as though they are being neglected." So, they will feel a lot better when you actually inform them they don't have houses, roads, electricity? Wouldn't it be easier just to deliver what you've promised at election time, year in and year out since 1994?

      John - 2012-03-23 01:27

      "We can go back to communities and explain there is a plan to build a dam here and provide water. There is a plan to provide electricity and indicate time frames," he said. Not if JuJu and showerhead get to the money first.

      Silvana - 2012-03-23 05:52

      Have you noticed, that whenever any of them make a statement the verb always ends in -ing never -ed.

  • Warren - 2012-03-22 23:21

    Competency is not the biggest problem here, they keep their mouths shut coz they don't want to give their communities truthful answers on just how much they've stolen from them... & they simply couldn't care less to think up some kind of plausible lie. But hey, you get exactly what you deserve when you vote for these skelems!

      Tendani - 2012-03-23 03:42

      Is 2 late 4 dat.think abaut service deliver rade dan ryme stupid

      sean.redmond3 - 2012-03-23 07:45

      @Tendani. " Is 2 late 4 dat.think abaut service deliver rade dan ryme stupid" HuH?????? Please type in plain English, this is not mixit.

      Klaus - 2012-03-23 08:22

      They have to tow the party line or be out of a very lucrative job

  • Malusi - 2012-03-22 23:55

    I doubt if it is an issue of being incompetent. The main problem here, people lacks will power, humanity and sense of humour. They are being greed, into extent that they deliberately ignore all right procedure to perform tasks/duties given to them. Another thing here we are talking about people who stays within community, so they are fully aware of the situation.

      Bloodstone - 2012-03-23 00:07

      Malusi my friend, the article is about Members of Parliament. They were elected by their communities for being respected and make good on their individual electioneering promises, in other words: they are responsible for their promises uttered on the public stage. If they can't perform they are then qualified to be classified as incompetent to perform what they were elected by the electorate

  • Brad.Kopping - 2012-03-22 23:57

    Its mind boggling as how messed up our government is is that how we still have a stable economy o__O

  • Klaus - 2012-03-23 00:00

    Question: I'm German speaking, is "not competent enough", the same as " dumm--stupid"..?

      Raven - 2012-03-23 01:58

      Ja, es heißt auch ich kann nicht erklären, wo das Geld war, aber hey meine glänzenden mercedes

      Lwads - 2012-03-23 05:51


  • Groot - 2012-03-23 00:27

    THEY ARE JUST PLAIN LAZY and .... stupid

  • Piet - 2012-03-23 01:06

    A rethink? So it took you 18 years to find out your original think was wrong. How do we know that you rethink won't be wrong as well? After all you aren't known as exactly the greatest thinkers in the world. How many more thinks are you going to need to get it right?

      John - 2012-03-23 01:33

      Yeah, but remember what zuma said yesterday "we are getting there but we need more time"

  • Johann - 2012-03-23 05:16

    Blood Stone nonsence no sense they are the ANC the strugle party ,they always strugle and no surprise strugle to answer questions is the least of their strugles,they strugle to rule this country they strugle so much the poor things are always asleep in parliment ,give them a redbull and see what happens

  • brionyl.french - 2012-03-23 05:36

    your not competent thats why

  • Lionel - 2012-03-23 05:49

    Let's just say that almost very ANC leader is incompetent, except when it comes to criminal acts and nepotism. No, wait they can't even do that properly.

  • Dennis - 2012-03-23 05:50

    A bit late but .......

  • Lwads - 2012-03-23 05:57

    Wow, who ever discovered this must be proud... He/ She did it in 18 years

  • Lwads - 2012-03-23 05:57

    Wow, who ever discovered this must be proud... He/ She did it in 18 years, life time achievement for that bunch of ANC morons....

  • Fanie - 2012-03-23 06:17

    The fact that they took, oh, 18 years? to discover this do highlight their own incompetence in a big big way, now doesn't it?

  • kosmonooit - 2012-03-23 06:22

    Another day, another roadshow ....

      PB - 2012-03-23 08:05

      ... and another opportunity for a 'tenderpreneur' to make a quick couple of million organising these roadshows with the accompanying parties where Johnny Blue will flow like water....

  • lkhaphioa - 2012-03-23 06:22

    I think competency is not an issue, what is important is how do you responds to peoples proplem and balance the scale, i run a business since 2007 up now, i know my mistakes and how to avoid those mistake not to be repeated again, same to anc they got eyes brain they must not blame competency

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-03-23 06:30

    It is a matter of attitude and culture, which is supported by a system. Priorities of cadres are : 1)Me 2)My party (The ANC) 3)Our image 4)The People As far as work is concerned, the priorities are : 1)Salary and perks 2)My ego 3)Possibilities for further self enrichment within the job 4)My other business interests 5)The actual job. The simple way of curing this problem to the benefit of the people, and for all of South Africa, is politically incorrect. It is as follows: 1) All MP's should be appointed and fired by the people on a geographic basis. 2) MP's should belong to no political party and should be answerable only to the people in their geographic constituency. 3) MP's should have only one job - that of MP, representative of his/her constituency. NO other business interests should be allowed.

      Jeeves - 2012-03-23 07:13

      wow! Very wise comment! Would you consider writing an article on this, I would love to hear more of your thoughts on this matter.

  • Dave - 2012-03-23 06:34

    Can't answer questions....Yip and can't do their jobs either. Maybe the ANC are going to start selecting people on merit and not color and family connections.....Not!!

  • Piet - 2012-03-23 06:44

    Start with SHOWAHEAD..

  • Vincent - 2012-03-23 06:46

    [QUOTE]The constituency system was a critical organ of "an activist Parliament".[UNQUOTE] This is the problem. MPs are appointed by the Party. They are not elected by the people. They are not accountable to the people. They must just be there to behave themselves, support the party and become rich with trough-snouts.

  • malcolm - 2012-03-23 06:48

    The ANC is an incompetent party. They should do the honourable thing and step down.

      Philip - 2012-03-23 07:02

      Like Ja...that's going to happen, they will never relinquish power. SA will become a dictatorship. Happy now.

  • Leon - 2012-03-23 06:49

    Now they can send more incompetent MP's into the field.

  • malcolm - 2012-03-23 06:51

    264 officces. Thats an awful lot of blue light convoys. Hope the terrorists dont kill and maim too many innocent citizens in their travels. I reckon they care less about civilians than the recent terrorist in France.

  • ISO - 2012-03-23 07:06

    An MP must be more than qualified to answer any question!

  • Warwick - 2012-03-23 07:37

    The anc think????........don't be so naive.

  • Goose - 2012-03-23 07:52

    So id the massively inflated government just has MP's who are spokespeople for "local government" as they fill no other real role, then why are they there at all? Let that id10t Mac Maharaj be the only government spokesman.

  • Saamprater - 2012-03-23 08:09

    And these thugs are payed millions to do their evil in parliament and when asked to account they can't. No wonder the cANCer is losing ground every day. They don't even trust themselves

  • Hugh - 2012-03-23 08:34

    What multi tasking difficult for the ANC cadre? Using history as my guide any bets the ANC are planning to create two jobs that one person should be able to do.

  • thabo.mothabi - 2012-03-23 08:35

    Deployement policy is to blame for all of this.

      tebojack - 2012-03-23 13:50

      You mean deployment policy provides for the deployment of incompetent people in high positions?

  • Mike - 2012-03-23 08:44

    What i really dont get is after 18 years the country just gets worse all the time, after world war 2 the whole of Europe was destroyed, London and most of England was completely flattened, Germany was just a pile of rubble, but look how quickly it was all rebuilt to become the wealthy strong countries again. the anc get given a thriving, wealthy, effecient country and destroy it instead of building it.

  • TBlogger - 2012-03-23 08:57

    I wonder if this will even make a difference, so many unfulfilled promises..

  • Agedah Alex - 2012-03-23 09:16

    The ANC promised utopia that doesn't exist before 1994,the problem is that blacks don't to accept that whites can take care of them,even better.Bitter pill!

      tebojack - 2012-03-23 13:47

      By keeping blacks as slaves I guess

  • ludlowdj - 2012-03-23 09:59

    What does the ANC mean by SOME?

      Annelise - 2012-03-23 10:15

      Good one LUDLOWDJ!

  • TheMonk - 2012-03-23 10:10

    Mr Zuma, you need to do what we do in our gardens. Pruning! Get rid of the dead wood.

  • tebojack - 2012-03-23 12:59

    I think this is an insult to the masses who voted the anc. Anc is taking people for a ride. How did it happen that incompetent MPs were appointed in the first place?

      Ina - 2012-03-23 13:19

      Gullible and ignorant ANC voters voted them in. That's how.

  • Den - 2012-03-23 13:25

    hahahahahaha you dont get funnier than that. realising your people are to stupid to answer questions.

  • Den - 2012-03-23 13:26

    @ malusi, sorry for once i think your anc got it right. they going to put tons of comedians out of work.

  • Den - 2012-03-23 13:41

    eish, whys is that they paid so well? this country is a joke, wikileaks will soon reveal how the world is laughing at us, i can imagine any country in the world say, its mp are to thick to answer questions from tthe public.

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