NATIONAL Planning Minister Trevor Manuel cracked down on the ailing civil service yesterday, saying the government had no choice but to boot out lazy officials who joined it as a get-rich-quick scheme.
Promoting the National Development Plan (NDP) – South Africa's blueprint for growth – to academics, business people and government leaders in East London, Manuel said lack of consequences for non-performance and blatant corruption were at the centre of failures by the government. He was among those who addressed the annual Eastern Cape Economic symposium.
"We cannot have public servants who do business with the state. If you choose to be in public service, then you must serve people and that is how you earn your salary," Manuel said.
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