Mntomuhle B. Khawula-IFP
His Excellency, the President
I, and many others, have been fortunate to have been raised in a political school by Prince M. Buthelezi, which amongst other things, taught us that as political opponents we can agree to “disagree without being disagreeable”.
Prince Buthelezi once stated in this House that the failures of a sitting President reflect on all elected public representatives of the time. When the President does right, South Africa prospers in success; including its parliament. When we, in the IFP point out short comings in the presidency, it is not intended to ridicule the office but it is intended to move the office to a level of integrity and good governance. Therefore, this input is intended to assist the President in the transformation from a successful failure to the country’s prosperity.
The Hon President laboured hard last week to try and mop the floor but the roof is still leaking, this suggests that the problem is at the very top.
Whilst acknowledging the honest approach of the President in matters of economic down turn in his address, but for as long as the South African cabinet remains as bloated as it is at the present moment, the President’s appeal for cost reduction remains unconvincing and lacks honesty. A serious decision to reduce cabinet to reasonable and manageable proportions is not a costly exercise. And it pays immediate dividends in cost reduction. On the other hand, a decision to relocate Parliament to the administrative capital is costly, long term with long term dividends. First thing’s first Mr President.
Cabinet Ministers, Premiers and Deputy Ministers have a performance contract with the President. A performance contract means that you perform to expectation and above expectation, and you get rewarded. If you perform below expectation, you get penalised. Penalties mean that you can even lose that job. What we have seen so far with the Hon President is the opposite. A performing Minister gets booted out of cabinet. Some non-performing ministers are retained.
Ake ubagijimise ngomsebenzi manje Mongameli- bake bakusaba bangakusabeli nje isiqu sakho, kodwa basabe ukuthi heyi, uzowufuna la umsebenzi nompumela wawo.
Mr President you cannot continue as it if it business as usual,
- When the country’s economy goes down and government behaves like it is normal and acceptable just because it is happening elsewhere in the world;
- When students fail matric and government behaves like this is normal and acceptable;
- When people lose jobs and government behaves like this is due to happen because of this and that;
Then we all begin to question the integrity, seriousness and commitment of the President. Unfortunately, Mr President, this is where the buck stops. In order for your generals to protect you, they must perform and not create misleading stories. When they mislead South Africa, they are destroying your integrity.
The introduction of cost-cutting measures in South Africa is not new. The then and now current Minister of Finance in 2013 introduced stern cost-cutting measures. The President and government must begin to walk the talk.
- By coincidence, South Africa’s poor economic growth has intensified during the period 2009 to date:
- Corruption in government circles has intensified during the period 2009 to date
- Job losses have intensified during the period 2009 to date
- Scandalous incidents in the country have intensified during the period 2009- to date.
- A series of events that seem to bring South Africa to its knees began in 2009.
One needs to ask a question: “what is it that happened in South Africa in 2009?”