Fixing South Africa's Ailing Public Services

2012-07-04 12:03

In response to CEOs of Fortune 500 companies leading their companies to financial ruin and bankers engaging in irresponsible lending and unethical practices, shareholders and the public alike have demanded accountability. This accountability has taken the form of these individuals not receiving bonuses, taking cuts in pay or in the case of Barclays Bank - their top triumvirate being shown the door.

Given the shoddy state of service delivery in South Africa from textbooks not getting to schools in Limpopo six months into the school year or the deplorable health facilities in the Eastern Cape perhaps it is time to enforce similar levels of accountability from civil servants and cabinet ministers. After all these do sign performance agreements where one would assume they have to accomplish certain tasks in a given financial year.

The problem is that there does not seem to be any punitive measures when these tasks are not crossed off.

Consider a discussion between President Zuma and our beloved Minister of Basic Education along the following lines, "Dear Angie, I know that you are trying but it is just not good enough. Those students in Limpopo deserve better. So there is no bonus for you and you lose a third of your salary. As for the DG, perhaps you need to find alternative employment!".

This, of course will not happen in reality. Mr. Zuma, is too concerned on retaining the leadership of the ANC to alienate the ANC Women's League, which the Minister of Basic Education happens to head.

The lack of accountability is the primary reason why South Africa's public services remains mired in crisis. The lack of decisive political leadership at the very top of government explains why mediocrity will continue to find a home in our civil service.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

AB praises selfless skipper

2010-11-21 18:15

Inside News24

 
/News
 

And the Paws24 and Hill's winners are ...

Find out who the winners of our Paws24 pet pics and Q&a competitions are...

 

Paws

Keep your family and pets safe from rabies
5 scientific benefits of owning a cat
Why we love cats
8 great natural remedies for your pet
Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.