Officials urged to take responsibility

2012-07-23 22:36

Johannesburg - Respect for the law, policies, and regulations should be a bare minimum in South Africa, the Ethics Institute of SA (EthicsSA) said on Monday.

"Too many people in public life use the law or legal concepts as way to shift blame," EthicsSA CEO Deon Rossouw said in a statement.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga, Limpopo Education MEC Dickson Masemola, and the SA Democratic Teachers' Union, had all refused to take responsibility for the Limpopo textbook crisis, he said.

Respect for the law as a bare minimum was the second of four principles which would help cure South African society of its problems, said Rossouw.

Respect for the law, policies, and regulations was the first step to beating corruption, bad service delivery, and a malfunctioning education system.

Such a culture had to hold true for both those matters which appeared to be trivial and those of importance.

The other two principles related to consequences; the first being for non-performance.

"If there are no consequences, and the same old faces keep on reappearing in new jobs, then we will never build a functioning state or a healthy society."

Conversely, there should also be consequences for good performance.

"If one is solely focused on catching people out, one creates a climate of fear that actually encourages people to duck accountability and inhibits action."

It was vitally important to identify the top performers and reward them.

"This type of action inspires people to do their best and positively reinforces the culture of accountability," Rossouw said.

  • tobydt - 2012-07-23 23:31

    ANC must go. This will merely continue under their fist. South African spring is on the way. Kiss your @ss goodbye Angie.

      Vicker - 2012-07-24 08:02

      I can just imagine what she was saying in the above picture: "Who, me? Eish no, I am veeeery competent. It was apartheids fault..."

      Boer - 2012-07-24 09:45

      Time for a complete make-over in South-African politics. Get rid of these crooked scumbags called the ANC and replace them with competent people of all colours. Infact dismantle the virus called the ANC and you will see how things would change for the better in South-Africa.

      zwelakhe.lekgoro - 2012-07-24 14:42

      that is being disrespectful u can still use words that are not insulting

  • Lacrimose - 2012-07-24 00:34

    If your culture is collectivism, your belief system is one for all and all for on, there is no room for Responsibility or Accountability. It al gets reduced to "ag shame". Heard the most absurd radio i/view the other day betw Limpopo Admin and "govt overseers". In 40 mins neither party could come up with an answer, let alone admit failure. In fact all they did for 40mins was blame each other and when that didn't work, turn on organisations and people not only not present at the debate but clearly not involved. I pitied the interviewer - even he could see the madness. Accountability is an alien concept in a collectivist culture

      herman.heil - 2012-07-24 07:49

      Funny Apartheid didn't get the blame....

      Vicker - 2012-07-24 07:53

      Actually it did - yesterday on Talk Radio 702 Zuma said the text-book fiasco was the fault of Vorster - I kid you not. Go figure...

  • irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-07-24 00:54

    What? Accountability? You've got to be kidding! Angie's wig has more credibility!

      phillip.harry.79 - 2012-07-24 01:34

      ...i think she's wearing Riaan Cruywagens toupe!!

  • andre.marx - 2012-07-24 03:59

    Too many people in public life use the law or legal concepts as way to shift blame," EthicsSA CEO Deon Rossouw said in a statement. And the tax payer pays for this. I am willing to bet that few will use the law or legal concepts should they be required to pay for the privalage themselves.

  • phelejoseph.lenonyane - 2012-07-24 05:19

    I know that JZ is not prepared to these incompetence minister and mec because he is worried about second transition/term and nothing else. He said head will rolls, guess what, weeks have passed and there were only one poor casualty in limpopo. If he was a good president, the minister of basic eduction(Angie Motshega), mec of eduction(Dickson Masemola) in limpopo or even Limpopo premier(Cassel Mathale) should have been fired long time ago. What is he waiting for? He thinks they will voluntarilly resigns? Hell no, he is the president and he was given power by our constitution to fire whoever is not doing his/her job. Is he waiting for matric results to take a decision. I don't like blind loyalty that's for sure and I wonder why Zuma is even given a chance for his second transition nonsense!!!

  • piet.boerie - 2012-07-24 05:28

    The liberation alliance has proved to be weak with flawed culture and denialism as the number one escape route. It was blame the white or Aparthied but now 20 years later we can see that Liberators cannot govern, especially market capitlaist country. This is to do with culture, not colour culture but the culture of the allaince and those it attracts with similar culture. Cadre and milatant left wing culture of failed doctrines and loyaty above ability. This is not the grass roots but the leadership and power brokers. They have no intrest in serving the voter but serving themselves and their families. The grassroots at this point, who's choices are elected, need to take responsibilty for the mess. The voter has the choice but has failed to make the correct choices or in fact even to choose another option. The mess is ours, the corruption is tolerated by us and therefore is our fault. P.S. The alliance is playing passing the buck. They blame each other, they blame each others philosphies but in the end they are all in gvernement and are all to blame. JZ the Buck stops with you.

  • Erna - 2012-07-24 06:15

    Seeing that Angie scores herself 8/10 for her performance, she would expect a reward!

  • Erna - 2012-07-24 06:20

    Responsibilty and accountability are foreign words to the anc. As Juliboy would say - there are no such words in my language!

  • Johnson - 2012-07-24 06:37

    Please show me one African country with good leadership, that is ruled with efficiency and one whose leaders have moral values - it does not exist. You can not except the blame for anything if you do not have these qualities - this country demonstrates it every day

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2012-07-24 07:11

    As if!! If they take responsibility for their actions they would be admitting that they useless.its easier to blame Appartheid or blame somebody else.....

      Ze Don - 2012-07-24 07:42

      My four fathers made me do it... well I know there were five of us and we were drinking, after that it's all a blank.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-07-24 07:35

    Thats the whole problem with this government, they wont name and shame unless they are forced to. Take selebi, they pampered him and now he is free. We cant keep voting for a useless bunch. Childrens futures are at stake, look at what is happening now, we got people who are not fully educated in their job and so our country is suffering, who long can it go on before we are broke and killing each other to stay alive. People need to be held accountable, they need to be educated now these stupid people cant do a decent days work, then they shift the blame or they are moved to another job to muck up that job as well. No more jobs for pals!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Koos - 2012-07-24 07:43

    As a senior member once told me after I cornered him on regulations. "Rules and regulations are open to interpretation". I knew then that this is what the cANCers intended. No rules, no stops and no checks.. a free for all. P.S. There is no such thing as "top performers" anymore. Might rethink the description to "Least worst performers".

  • sisie.indola - 2012-07-24 07:45

    Accountability - sorry that word is no where is my dictionary. If they had ethics, morals and values maybe just maybe they would have accountability but as it stands their litany is "deny, deny, lie, lie, it wasn't me" and then to top it all blame the previous government. If you complain you are a racist, but whatever happens never call the indigenous population racist - that is a lie - they are never racist as it is a white person thing.

  • blaine.dillon.5 - 2012-07-24 08:51

    Wondering if its unlawful to not give them bonuses come year end?

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-07-24 09:17

    I am sure that there will be a lot of FREE PASSES at the end of the year. Now tell me, what is that going to help the students. This government will believe will be there way of making it up to these children. One year lost in their lives and you cant make that up. I believe that this has been going on for a long time now and like all bad things have a habit of exploding in your faces. Passess have been manufactured, to make the school and teachers and education dept look like they are doing a fine job. Children battling to get a 30% pass into days times, is atrocious. If the death penalty was still here these officials should all be lined up starting at the very top and making their way down. The top dog is responsible for the smooth running of any industry, if he cant do his job that industry will fail. So as arrogant as miss angie is, she needs to take the walk of shame and when her children bring home their reports from the pvt schools she should think about the other childrens education she stuffed up. I hope this will haunt her till her grave but judging by her manner she wont lose a night sleep.

      Emily-Jane Elson - 2012-07-24 09:26

      Don't think she gives a F&$K. By her denial and arrogance we can see she doesn't care. Why would she? It doesn't affect her..

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