Open letter to South Africa’s students‚ universities and government‚ represented by Minister in the .
REVELATIONS that directors of Blue IQ looted public coffers are another indication of the rot that has set in among civil servants.
What is even more galling is that the individuals reportedly had nothing to show when it came to delivery.
On Tuesday, Gauteng MEC for economic development Firoz Cachalia alleged that the directors were paid R20000 and the chairperson R25000 a meeting. They earned five times more than those in other government agencies.
DA leader Jack Bloom blamed the whole saga on ANC chairman Paul Mashatile - who in 2009 was premier after Mbhazima Shilowa left to form Cope.
Mashatile has in turn pointed the finger at the then MEC for finance and economic development Mandla Nkomfe.
As far as the taxpayer is concerned, this finger-pointing is neither here nor there. For that matter, Mashatile cannot do a Pontius Pilate on the taxpayers because the public expect him as the then political head of the Gauteng government to have made sure that he ran a clean administration.
Having public officials dipping into the public's coffers cannot be justified, whatever the scenario.
As it is, the situation only serves to confirm that politically connected individuals join the government because they believe it is their turn "to eat".
They are given the confidence by the scourge of patronage that has perverted the civil service.
The bottom line is the ANC as the governing party must crack the whip to ensure that their cadres run a clean government.