ONKGOPOTSE JJ TABANE: The cream and the dregs of the ANC
In a tale of two MECs, the excellent Panyaza Lesufi sadly seems to be an exception in a public service packed with Faith Mazibukos
Those who support the ANC and are willing to give it another 25 years to ruin or rule SA were once again subjected to emotional abuse this past week. The ANC is indeed like a tale of two very different cities.
The week started with the excellence of Gauteng MEC Panyaza Lesufi, who launched a new era of access to education despite geographical origins, and his industrious responsiveness in rising to the occasion on the safety of pupils at our schools. This MEC is an example of what a real public servant should be, both in words and deeds. He is someone who fills one with hope that the ANC should not be written off yet. The week, however, ended in the utter shamefulness of another Gauteng MEC, Faith Mazibuko, who demonstrated totally unacceptable conduct for a public official. The condescending nature of politicians towards hard-working public servants shocked those who harbour hope for our public service. The racist undertone that suggests that some South Africans are less worthy of opportunities in the public sector leaves a bitter taste in the mouth. Mazibuko conjures up images of an ANC desperate to cling to power and ready to flout the separation of party and state in the most brazen w...