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Mmusi Maimane made a stirring plea for a competent, smaller state (“SA will be mired in failure if we don’t swap mediocrity for excellence (https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/opinion/2020-10-07-mmusi-maimane-sa-will-be-mired-in-failure-if-we-dont-swap-mediocrity-for-excellence/)”, October 7). He correctly said no amount of planning could compensate for an inept, incompetent state, and ineffective state employees.

We need to clean up the failed and failing municipalities. In short, we must appoint to government the “best of the best”. But he did not seize the nettle of opening up government jobs to all South Africans, regardless of their majority or minority status or the impact on ethnic fractions. In recoiling from this he, by default, endorsed the ANC policy of democratic representivity at all costs...

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