Nearly 35% of SA’s senior government officials not qualified for their job.

The DA intends writing to the standing committee on public accounts (Scopa) to urge an investigation regarding the fact that nearly 35% of senior managers employed by national and provincial departments do not have the required qualifications and credentials for the positions they occupy.
According to the DA’s public enterprises spokesperson, Michelle Clarke, there are 227 such officials in the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, 228 in the Department of Police, 189 in the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, 128 in the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition and 107 in the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries.
The minister of Public Service and Administration, Senzo Mchunu revealed in a written response to a parliamentary question posed by the DA that of the 9 477 senior managers listed on the Personal and Salary System, 3 301 do not have the required qualifications. 1 987 of these officials are employed in the national departments.
Middle management positions in national government typically pays between R779 802 and R922 750, with senior management earning between R1 078 267 and R1 974 067, depending on their level of employment.
“How much longer must South Africa suffer under this incompetence? Some of these are key to the country’s economic and food security, yet cadre deployment is more important to the ANC government than good governance and the well-being of its people. South Africa won’t survive if this trend of cadre deployment continues much longer. Ordinary South Africans have suffered under this corruption en masse for years and unless urgent action is taken the country will devolve into the banana republic some already view us as,” said Clarke.
’’The DA’s End Cadre Deployment Bill (formally called the Public Administration Laws General Amendment Bill) seeks to enforce the appointment of civil servants to be wholly based on merit and not political loyalty. Our bill was recently published in the government gazette for public comment. We invite South Africans to read and comment on the bill by going to the following link,” she added.
Clarke said the bill was recently published in the government gazette for public comment and that South Africans are invited to read and comment on the bill by going to the following link: https://campaigns.voteda.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Public-Administration-Laws-General-Amendment-Bill-and-Compliance-Certificate.pdf
She announced that all comments on the bill must be emailed to speaker@parliament.gov.za and copied to leon.schreiberei@gmail.com before the end of April.

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