We must act as one to build a capable state by addressing two key constraints:
- The civil service: South Africa’s government spends 35.4% of its budget on public sector wages, and South Africa’s civil servants are some of the highest-paid in the world. Yet, the public no longer trusts the government’s ability to govern, and the civil service has become associated with inefficiency.
- An incapable state: the South African state increasingly serves as a deterrent, rather than a custodian, of inclusive growth. Irregular and wasteful expenditure, impunity and underperformance is the order of the day.