Out with political connectedness, in with merit before SA drowns
Public- and private-sector concerns have been at the mercy of incompetents for too long, putting SA on the back foot
A small, elite band of individuals has been favoured in SA. These people are serially appointed to senior executive and board positions in the public and private sectors. But they often bring few skills beyond their political connectedness, relationships and associations.
Such individuals are former party political office bearers or cabinet ministers, or enjoy some political connection to the ANC or its leaders or factions.
There is now a significantly large pool of such politically exposed individuals from which the public and, sadly, sometimes private sector continue to draw on for executive and board appointments. This perpetuates incompetence, organisational conflict and shareholder and public-value destruction...