Picture: 123RF
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I am glad to see more and more commentators and correspondents emphasising the need for SA to become a “capable state”. 

Francis Fukuyama, who popularised the concept, was clear that this requires a qualified and professional public service administering the laws of the country. 

That means the passing of specialist exams for appointment and advancement, functional literacy and professional commitment at all levels of the service, and freedom from political interference.

This is a condition so far from what we currently have it makes one weep.

David Clegg
St James

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