Sipho Mabena
Premium Journalist
3 minute read
1 Mar 2021
4:00 pm

Ramaphosa’s plan to professionalise public service will be met with resistance

Sipho Mabena

President's will to do away with unqualified, high-earners and their patronage networks will be met with resistance, but is long overdue

Reducing the public sector wage bill will meet with resistance. Picture: REUTERS

Not only will professionalising the public service take time and determination, but experts believe President Cyril Ramaphosa should expect  resistance from those who are incompetent and unqualified for their present government positions. In his weekly letter to the nation, Ramaphosa emphasised that government departments needed to be “insulated from politics”. Ramaphosa said professionalisation was necessary for stability in the public service, especially in the senior ranks. Also Read: Public service must be depoliticised, says Ramaphosa The president also lamented the appointment of unqualified people to key positions. "Twenty-seven years into democracy, it can be said of the public service that...