ONE thing that has always held our hard-fought democracy to ransom has been the ANC cadre deployment. For those who are not aware of what I mean by cadre deployment, let me break it down a bit.
Cadre deployment in my view is the compensation and deployment of a particular comrade to a position in government or its parastatals simply based on political grounds and no academic background.
This has had a negative impact on the performance of our municipalities and the smooth running of our government institutions as these people do not have the academic knowledge to support the senior work they do.
I must admit though that there are a few people who have managed to display good leadership even without post-matric qualifications and Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe is one example that comes to mind.
However the greater part of cadre deployment has been filled with negatives, and has brewed corruption and many other negatives that halt productivity and service delivery.
This has also caused infighting and factionalism in the ruling party, which affects us all directly or indirectly.
Cadre deployment has also contributed to careerism and people who use political offices to influence the state even if it's not what is good for the state.
I was delighted to hear there might be possibilities that we would put a stop to this tendency. According to proposals tabled in parliament by Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Lechesa Tsenoli, senior positions in municipalities would be open only to candidates with the necessary "skills, expertise, competencies and qualifications" .
If adopted, Tsenoli's proposals would make it mandatory for municipal managers to have a degree in public administration, social sciences, law or political science, or matric plus six years of tertiary study. They must also have between five and eight years of work experience, with "good knowledge and interpretation of key and related policy and administration".
Senior managers found guilty of misconduct, specifically corruption and fraud, or of gross misconduct involving elements of dishonesty or gross negligence would be banned from municipal employment for 10 years.
If this bill and proposals to the Municipal Systems Act could be amended, we would have a better functioning state and we would rid our state of many of these parasites.
We need managers and leaders who have the capacity to lead with diligence and capacity, and not be appointed because of political loyalty.
I wish these amendments are adopted so that we can have a better performing state filled with capacitated administrators rather than politicians who know nothing about administration, but rather talk a lot and make unrealistic decisions that cripple our institutions.
Luvuyo Ponase, provincial secretary of Black Business Youth Forum and regional task team member of Nafcoc Youth, Port Elizabeth