In an address to Matric pupils, SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng observed that a “piece of paper” wasn’t worth much if one didn’t have a brain. These comments have had tongues wagging since the 5th of January.
But should they? Our government and parastatals are proof that Motsoeneng is correct.
Intentionally or not, they have turned South Africa into a country where excellence matters but not as much as whether you have the “brains” to connect yourself with the “correct” people. Delivery, results and performance are optional. We’ve been told that it’s “cold outside the ANC” and the ANC will rule “forever and ever” or “until Jesus returns” – whichever comes first. And opposition? Crush them.
And Zuma told us the implications a year ago: there is the political will, but no urgency, towards service delivery for underprivileged schools.
He said this in the worst-performing Matric province.
So Hlaudi Motsoeneng was just echoing the sentiment at the top. And things will only deteriorate unless
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