January 19, 2021

VOICES | De Lille on the right track

Picture: GOOD leader, Patricia De Lille Image: David Harrison.

By Solam Yves Ludidi

Our country’s employment system is filled with bad equality of rights. There are people, for example, who secure vacancies (especially in the public sector) without relevant qualifications. This, in turn, becomes conducive to incompetent public servants. However, the reason for this is due to corruption in a joint effort.

We shall remember that in 2014 former President Jacob Zuma, was accused of nepotism after giving his daughter ministry position. “Thuthukile Zuma (25) was named Chief of Staff in the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services. The post earns almost R1 million a year and was apparently not publicly advertised,” reported South Africa’s Mail and Guardian.
The newspaper stated that Thuthukile’s rapid accent further caused a stir in South Africa. This led to the opposition party Democratic Alliance (DA), to challenge her appointment with then Telecommunications Minister Siyabonga Cwele. On Twitter, an unemployed graduate posted the following comment: “I am 25 and I hold more qualifications and experiences than Thuthukile Zuma, but then again, my father is an ordinary man, not a president”.
According to the Balance Careers website, nepotism rules in the United States of America, often require that job applicants and contractors disclose their relationships with employers upfront. It tells us that family members of elected officials, appointed officials, and chief government executives – are prohibited from working within the organizations their members lead.
The site further notes, that this happens because those individuals are at the top of the organizations, so all employees fall in their line of supervision. But here at home, it is the other way round.
The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure, Patricia De Lille, is proving to be in line with America’s policies to restrict nepotism. In a recently published article (De Lille Faces Revolt from 12 Top Managers; City Press, August 18), it was reported that her plan of action is to – “get rid of officials who were irregularly appointed. However, De Lille now faces a revolt from 12 senior managers, whose appointments were flagged as having been irregular”.

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The 12 senior managers are wrong, in challenging the setting aside of their irregular appointments. Because her approach to corruption, in general, is to ensure that all persons who apply for employment in the public service, qualify for the appointment concerned. And that the evaluation of applications is based on stated requirements within her department. This implies that the selection criteria would always comply with the Public Service Act.
The Good Political Party leader’s step can be measured as a balanced polarity between good and evil. As in the words of former American President Thomas Jefferson: “… the government are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,”  that is exactly how De Lille is. 
It’s no wonder the African National Congress (ANC) is backing up her move because she is determined to enforce an equitable, fair and transparent recruitment process for all South Africans. I am strongly convinced that De Lille is a strong woman, who has been through a lot of things and has always achieved good results. Keep up the good work ma’am!  

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