Action counts, not talk

The events of the last few weeks concerning Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, pictured, should not make us happy. We should be all very concerned and sad.

The events of the last few weeks concerning Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, pictured, should not make us happy. We should be all very concerned and sad.

Only time will tell if our democracy is really strong and can weather this storm.

No member of government, be it the president, his ministers or even parliamentarians, should be above the law.

Rules and disciplinary measures should be applied equally to all and sundry.

It is unacceptable that special deals and rules are applied to people in different political positions.

Our president is doing himself a great disservice by applying different rules whenever it seems convenient.

Our various ministers should be accountable. They should be judged on the performance of their departments.

After four months, there is still no lotto. Welfare organisations are losing millions. So are poor people.

Various home affairs offices have been understaffed for years, yet we have plenty of qualified young people looking for work. Eastern Cape health departments' accounting systems are in shambles.

Most citizens feel unsafe in their own homes. Millions of rands are lost in social-housing projects because dishonest or unqualified builders have been given projects.

Also it is the taxpayer and the poor who bear the brunt of poor decisions and bad choices by relevant authorities.

Our ministers and deputies must be go-getters. Action, not empty talk, is what counts. Toeing the line can only be expected if the role-players are committed to the same goal.

Erwin Schwentzek, Randburg

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