- President Cyril Ramaphosa says that poorly qualified but connected individuals will no longer be able to worm their way up the ranks
- The politician noted the need to drastically improve the capacity of the state's employees
- This comes after witnessing first-hand the devastation wrought in areas with failing service delivery
President Cyril Ramaphosa has vowed that political connections will no longer serve as a ticket up the ranks at state-owned entities.
Briefly.co.za reported that Ramaphosa had been struck by the need to improve the state's capacity during recent engagements:
"It was disheartening to see that, despite progress in many areas, there were several glaring instances of service delivery failures. Many of the places we visited struggle to provide social infrastructure and services simply because they have such a small revenue base. But, in some cases, elected officials and public servants have neglected their responsibilities."
The president explained that this was simply the symptom but not the cause of the problem:
"A common feature in most of these towns, which is evident throughout all spheres of government, is that the state often lacks the necessary capacity to adequately meet people's needs."
Focused on building a capable state, the president vowed that this will soon be a thing of the past:
"Officials and managers must possess the right financial and technical skills and other expertise. We are committed to end the practice of poorly qualified individuals being parachuted into positions of authority through political patronage. There should be consequences for all those in the public service who do not do their work."
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