An ANC membership card becomes a loyalty card


Last weekend, Sunday papers highlighted the dismal state of affairs at Transnet. The reports, in particular the Sunday Timesis based on three well-placed sources briefed on the Transnet situation.

According to the sources, the Transnet board presented a list of three preferred candidates for three senior appointments to Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan. The report claims that the candidates in question were weighed and found to be too light by some members of the ANC’s deployment committee. They blocked the appointments after concerns about transformation, as none of the three are black Africans.

This testifies to the ANC’s continued naive actions within the transformation debate. Days later, Gwede Mantashe even indicated in the state speech debate that they will continue with the policy.

In this case, the ANC’s deployment committee’s authority is apparently considered higher than that of the South African Constitution, which is based on equality, the rule of law, and the inherent dignity of every citizen. The three non-African candidates for appointment at Transnet thought they would also experience equality and non-racialism.

Particularly in chapter 10 of the Constitution, which deals with public administration (section 195 (1)(h)), public institutions must be broadly representative of the South African population – with employment and personnel management practices based on ability, objectivity, fairness and the need to correct the imbalances of the past in order to achieve broad representation. This apparently does not apply to the deployment committee of the ANC.

Transnet, which is already struggling to function as a result of the outflow of expertise, is becoming more and more a victim of the government’s racial policy which only wants to appoint black Africans in leadership positions regardless of experience, merit or expertise. These are the consequences of the policy of transformation. The ANC’s deployment committee acts unconstitutionally (compare article 195 on the public service): “No employee of the public service may be favored or disadvantaged only because the person supports a particular political party or cause.”

The ANC and the government’s subservience to the ANC’s deployment committee instead of the Constitution, reaffirms that racial ideology must be the driving force and that the ANC is sinking deeper into the mire, and the more they try to get out of it, the more hammers and land mines are stepped on. Transnet and so many state-supported entities are forced to play together in the race game in a game whose rules are determined by the ANC, while on the one hand he is the referee and at the same time moves the goalposts, as and when it suits him.

An ANC membership card has become nothing more than a loyalty card, with cadre deployment as one of the rewards. Access to tenders, blue light brigade and VIP preferential treatment are just some of the many benefits. Blind and slavish adherence to the dictates of Letuli House is the only requirement and not merit or competence.

The ANC’s attachment to a race-driven policy framework under the guise of transformation is interpreted and applied outside the letter and spirit of the Constitution. In this there is no place and space for white, colored or Indian citizens. Only Black Africans are in the racial handbook of the ANC. The irony is that the term transformation does not appear once in the Constitution, but it is probably the term that is most often used to suit and drive a particular political ideology. There is therefore no real equality, non-racialism and non-discrimination here.

In his simple understanding of the application of transformation, according to the ANC, everything that is white, brown and Indian must be replaced with black. As it is now applied, the public service is alienated and deprived of a professional service

The purpose of a professional public service is to serve the interests of the public, to carry out government policy, and to offer a fair, ethical and efficient government service to society. A professional civil service refers to a public service staffed by qualified and experienced individuals who are committed to the effective and ethical execution of government responsibilities. In this, merit plays a major role and not the whims and caprices of the ANC’s deployment committee.

The ANC’s deployment committee, which drives transformation in which “Black African” are appointed at all costs, does not take into account the effects and consequences. The scrap yard of racial appointments in the public service and state-supported institutions, such as Transnet and Eskom, is littered with the fragments of nepotism, cadre deployment and consequent corruption and failures.

While the Constitution refers to the injustices of the past, the government, supported by the ANC deployment committee, is busy creating new injustices in the present. History will judge harshly about the complicity of the ANC within the constitutional order that should have replaced apartheid, but instead established a system with new injustices through racial manipulation and new discrimination.

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