- Recently, KZN Chairperson Sihle Zikalala removed a number of non-performing government officials, including the eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede.
- South African President Cyril Ramaphosa agreed with Zikalala's actions and warned that he would also remove non-performing officials who refused to step down.
- Ramaphosa made these statements at the launch of the eThekwini district development model pilot project which aims to improve government's ability to work together with the public.
On Friday, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, did not mince his words when he threatened to remove incompetent and corrupt officials. He was speaking at the Magogo Stadium in KwaMashu at the launch of the eThekwini district development model pilot project.
Ramaphosa was echoing the actions of the KZN Chairperson, Sihle Zikalala, who has recently taken action against officials who were unable to perform effectively.
Briefly.co.za reported that the development model is a flagship initiative by the government to coordinate efforts to provide effective service delivery within a district. Part of the development plan is to help the government identify non-performing and corrupt officials.
Ramaphosa said that officials would now be evaluated on their performance and action will be taken against those who perform below expectations according to News24.com.
The president was very clear with his message to officials.
"If you don't step aside, you will be removed, I say that because it is the only way we will move as [the] government."
The model, according to Ramaphosa and the ANC, is eventually going to be expanded to the other 52 districts and Metros across the country.
ANC Chairperson Sihle Zikalala has placed himself firmly behind Ramaphosa and has been attacked by pro-Zuma supporters for his apparent "selling" out of the former president's supporters.
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