Public servants only want what they deserve

It was sad to read letters stating that public servants do not deserve 12percent. People must understand that the increments are only to keep up with the cost of living.

It was sad to read letters stating that public servants do not deserve 12percent. People must understand that the increments are only to keep up with the cost of living.

Public servants provide an essential service. People in high positions in the private sector just leave their children with teachers and most of them have no idea what effort it takes to teach.

Despite all the efforts by the government to make public servants understand the value of treating the public with respect, I agree there is still no meaningful improvement. But the attitude of some individuals should not be used to judge the entire sector. Some people are still working very hard.

The anger should be directed at Public Service and Administration Minister Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, who for the past 10 years has promised to improve employment conditions. In my opinion the minister does not deserve a salary increment.

Conditions of teachers, nurses and other public servants has not improved. Most are on level one to six and they earn less than R6000 a month. That is the minimum salary banks require to qualify for a home loan. These workers earn about R3000 and they do not qualify for RDP houses.

The minister must make the public service attractive if she wants to retain the skills of these workers.

Mahlagaume Motubatso,

Silverton

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