In the first quarter of 2004 I wrote in The Citizen newspaper calling for the depoliticisation of the civil service. Six years down the line I am looking at the faces on television at the ANC’s National General Council and the President, Deputy President, all Cabinet Ministers, MP’s, Premiers, MPL’s and so on are all there. Who was running the country when they were all at the NGC?
The NGC is a party political event. Five working days can’t be squandered on a party political event. Why can’t they convene their NGC over the long weekend? They conflate the party and the state. Where on earth have they seen a governing party giving top public servants five working days leave to attend a party political event?
When political party office bearers or people who are active in their political parties are appointed to government posts, they should relinquish their positions in their political parties. One doesn’t expect a Cabinet Minister or Commissioner of Police to attend an NGC or NEC meeting of his political party.