ANC elites don’t like new brooms, so expect them to be swept out

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ANC elites don’t like new brooms, so expect them to be swept out

There’ll be more people like Phathiswa Magopeni and Hermione Cronje because they disturb corrupt status quo

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The SA public service has become a place where bright, talented and principled executives go to die. In our government departments and state-owned enterprises (SOEs) the hopes and dreams of many good people who want to make a difference are shattered. The loss is ours: the public service becomes a place of corruption and mediocrity.

The announcement that a rising star in the private sector is joining the public service should, ordinarily, fill South Africans with joy. Going into the public service means one wants to use one’s talents to make our country better, to lift it to a higher level.

Not in SA. Whenever a talented individual in the private sector announces a move to the public sector, one wants to weep. You want to give them a call and ask: what are you doing? You want to grab them by the shoulders, shake them and shout: think!..

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