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Public servants who are indifferent to the needs and concerns of citizens will be removed, president Cyril Ramaphosa said during his first ANC manifesto launch on Saturday. "Many of our public servants are committed and dedicated professionals who perform their tasks faithfully," he told party supporters at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. "However, there are some whose indifference to the needs and concerns of citizens has led to a deterioration in the quality of services and assistance rendered." Ramaphosa said this would change. "For decades, our movement has been defined by selfless service to the people," Ramaphosa said. "We therefore will not tolerate those in the public services or in political office who are negligent or use public resources for their own selfish gains." Last year public service and administration minister Ayanda Dlodlo said SA’s R587bn public-sector wage bill had shot through the ceiling and the government would have to cut back on critical services if ...

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