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COPE's failure to articulate its agreed policy positions has without a doubt led to the ANC hijacking some of these positions.
One of the resolutions passed at the inaugural congress in Bloemfontein is the professionalisation of the civil service, which would ensure that jobs for pals, incompetence, cronyism and nepotism were a thing of the past.
I noted with a slight hint of a smirk when President Jacob Zuma boldly announced at his January 8 Statement that, in anticipation of the local elections next year, the ANC would ensure that their candidates (for councillors and mayors) were not holding senior positions in the party.
Though in typical political rhetoric the ANC's apparent about-turn makes a lot of sense, the practical reality gives credence to the fact that what they are saying is not what they're doing; something we have now become accustomed to.
Hence, on SundayCity Press revealed the extent to which supporters of Zuma benefited from his administration by being rewarded with senior posts.
As an organisation we at Cope discussed and agreed to the professionalisation of the civil service quite emphatically, and this was one of our campaign tickets before the general elections.
It is malicious that a once glorious movement, currently typified by crass material accumulated at the government's expense and factionalism, has resorted to carbon-copying Cope's positions. To me this is an indication that from a policy perspective, we are on track
Sipho Nghona, Johannesburg