Today, ActionSA’s Mayoral Candidates for Tshwane, Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni, Abel Tau, Herman Mashaba and Tlhogi Moseki, respectively, staged a picket outside of Tshwane House to fight for residents’ right to have access to an effective, reliable, and fit for purpose public service that insources frontline staff where they are needed most.
Serving in the public service should be one of the most cherished and rewarding career paths in South Africa. However, years of cadre deployment, corruption, the manipulation of self-serving hiring practices have crippled the public service – residents have lost faith in government’s ability to serve them. No place has this been more evident than in the DA-led City of Tshwane.
To this day, the Democratic Alliance (DA) is yet to take residents into their confidence and explain their R80 million salaries bungle. For a full year, over 600 general workers reported to the City for work but were forced to stand idle as there was no work for them – despite the desperate need for competent workers who attend to resident complaints across the City. In all of this, not a single DA-politician has been held to account. Even more concerning, the DA has kept mum on allegations of fraud and corruption in the matter, with allegations of contract payments having been made to ghost employees.
In Johannesburg, eThekwini, and Ekurhuleni, matters are no better. Cadre deployment and poor management of workers have destroyed service delivery.
Under ActionSA’s governance, the public service would become a beacon of service delivery to residents through the implementation of our plan for professionalising the public service, where residents trust us to govern.
We will no longer tolerate mediocre performance or failing service delivery. We will create a performance-driven, competitive, yet caring, workplace for municipal officials, but we will also expect our officials to work hard and get the job done. We will transform our municipal organisations to ensure that rate- and tax-payers’ money is spent on service delivery, not on “Millionaire Managers.” We will overhaul the top-heavy structures of our municipalities and replace them with organisations that are ready to serve the residents of our municipalities.
Most importantly, an ActionSA government would end the exploitation of front-line service workers by instituting a comprehensive plan of insourcing which not only creates dignified jobs but delivers quality services to residents. Our security staff and cleaners will have permanent contracts that provide dignity and favourable employment conditions, rather than being left to the whims of tenderpreneurs.
Today, we delivered our plan for professionalising the public service to the City of Tshwane’s administration, providing them with a blueprint for fixing service delivery in the Tshwane. We will be sharing our plan with the cities of Johannesburg, eThekwini, and Ekurhuleni.
To unlock customer-centric service delivery, we would:
As part of our comprehensive plan, we would end the exploitation of workers by unscrupulous tenderpreneurs. In the City of Johannesburg, tenderpreneurs were charging the City approximately R12,000 for the provision of a single security guard, while the security guards received only R4,000 per month in compensation. We cannot tolerate this manipulation of our procurement and staffing systems. To fix this problem, ActionSA will, amongst other measures:
It is clear for all South Africans to see that our present political system and leaders have failed communities by allowing the decline of our public sector. South Africans are gatvol of the status quo.
ActionSA is the only party that can FIX South Africa and it starts by fixing our municipalities, and we stand ready to deliver good governance to all South Africans.