2 minute read
23 Jun 2020
5:30 am

Bloated civil service is the real millstone around our necks

Sadly, it is highly unlikely the ANC will end this system of wasteful patronage … because that is how it buys loyalty.

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Sometimes it is difficult, in present-day South Africa, to know whether we are living through a particularly awful nightmare … or whether we are the butt of a very bad, very sick, joke. So, in a time when many sectors of the economy have been devastated by Covid-19 lockdowns and when many workers have been brought to their knees through layoffs or slashed salaries, our fat-cat civil servants only want the feeding trough to be topped up further. Last week, the City of Joburg announced plans to vote a 6.4% pay increase for its councillors, while offering cash-strapped residents no...