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Displacement of foreign nationals not xenophobic

​WHEN news broke of “xenophobic” attacks in the City, I personally visited the area to gauge what transpired. I was distressed to see women and children homeless and temporarily accommodated in a shelter.

The briefing I received from officials and police was emphatic that it was not xenophobia. The violence was triggered by a criminal act by a Malawian national which incensed South Africans resulting in a confrontation. Fearful, the Malawians fled and sought refuge at a nearby police station. There was another incident where foreign shop owners were allegedly robbed at gunpoint at their shops, resulting in two South Africans sustaining gunshot injuries.

I am grateful that our efforts to reintegrate those displaced back into the communities from which they fled, have been successful. I would like to extend my gratitude to community leaders who came on board to assist. Working with the Malawian High Commissioner, we are closely monitoring the situation.

Sadly, while we were celebrating this reintegration, news broke that a young man was allegedly stabbed to death by foreign nationals in uMlazi. It is alleged that the enraged community started to attack foreign shop owners in the area in retaliation. The motive for the murder is unclear.

However, we must not forget that Africans paid a hefty price for our freedom and we are indebted to many African states who opened their countries to us during apartheid. There are numerous incidents where the South African Defence Force (SADF), Special Forces and the Security Branch raided neighboring countries in pursuit of freedom fighters. How can we forget the raid in Gabarone in Botswana on 14 June 1985 where the SADF illegally crossed into the country and attacked the offices of Umkhonto we Sizwe mowing down 12 people including women and children. Only five of the victims were members of the ANC.

On 9 December 1982, the SADF illegally entered Lesotho where they sprayed a cluster of houses on the outskirts of Maseru with bullets. By morning, 42 people were dead with only 30 of them believed to be members of the ANC. The remainder were Basotho nationals including women and children. These are just two of the horrific incidents that occurred in neighbouring countries. And despite the violence ravaged against them, they did not order us to leave their countries. Instead their support grew stronger.

There has to be continued dialogue until we reach an amicable solution that will enable us to maintain stability in our communities and coexist peacefully. I urge you all to join our crusade for peace.



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Re: Displacement of foreign nationals not xenophobic

Dear Mayor
You come across as very knowledgeable about the South Africa’s liberation struggle against the mighty apartheid regime which destroyed lives. Probably, you were part of the antagonists against the mighty apartheid regime; for that reason the people of Durban certainly did not make a mistake when they elected you as a mayor as you seem to be the embodiment of the people’s war. You must continue the people’s struggle albeit in a new different setting now which is the new democratic order.  If the people of Durban nominate you for the second term please avail yourself. You have done a tremendous job so far. Of course there are challenges here and there that you have encountered, and complaints that you still have to address, but overally you have done wonders since you assumed your mayoral role. You are a true political representative from which the youth particularly the ANCYL can learn. Keep it up. 

The people of Africa must unite; one country one nation.

If the current top brass is unable to pull Eskom out of the rut, the president must note that olova baseMlazi are available to assist for free. Kungaqopheka umlando olova baselokshini beqhoqhobala uEskom bewulungisa. Lol. Phela asilutho thina, njengoba sakhawathwa iWMC. The only thing left we can do now is to condemn and criticize the WMC for disgracing our democracy.

 on 4/9/2019 2:57 PM

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 on 4/10/2019 11:30 AM

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 on 4/11/2019 12:24 PM

Re: Displacement of foreign nationals not xenophobic

Although I have applauded you for the magnificent work you have done so far for the people of South Africa in general and people of Durban in particular there still remains many problems and challenges that still require your intervention for them to be resolved.

In my previous posts I made a clarion call for the public administration at large to change its attitude towards education. I asserted that at this juncture there is a perception of contempt for education in South Africa. There is lack of respect for educated people, for people who work hard for their future without expectant reliance on freebies or corrupt relationships.  This is one of the immediate tasks I impose upon you to provide assurance to the public that your municipality is not part of the entities constituting public administration that can be accused of this malfeasance. Make your municipality shine in this regard.

The lack of respect for education emanates primarily from two fronts, namely black corruption and WMC. The black corruption comes into play in the recruitment processes largely because of contracts and other vices such as nepotism and cronyism. Tenderpreneurs have financial interests in government institutions because of contracts offered by those institutions; as result they will use their influence to ensure that certain individuals amenable to their interests are appointed. The recruitment processes are then bent to accommodate such pliable individuals with total disregard for the best qualified candidate. Nepotism and cronyism also have an egregious influence on recruitment because they will necessitate disregard of highly qualified candidates in favour of the anointed ones.

The baleful influence of the white monopoly capital (WMC) produces the most humongous negative effect on the outcomes of the recruitment processes.  The WMC’s influence does not only deprive the institution of the best available candidate but it also corrupts officials who are already in the employ of the public administration.  The WMC’s would generally be interested in a particular recruitment if one of the candidates is their enemy and they would see to it that the person does not get appointed; even if that person would have turned out to be the best candidate for the position. In the private sector the WMC would have already closed all doors for the candidate through its massive underground networks and its illegal blacklist of which some of the employment agents are its custodian. Constructing a narrative is very expensive but the WMC can afford it in Sandton but I will leave this for another day.

As you can see, the atmosphere is contaminated, and nothing good can come out of the environment that is toxic. This explains the shameful status quo in regard to the current state of affairs in SOE’s and municipalities in general. The confluence of black corruption and WMC’s baleful influence has plunged the country into an irreversible downward spiral. It is on this basis there is a view that some of the municipalities and most of the SOE’s cannot be saved; they are beyond redemption; the atmosphere is polluted.

There is no way in my view that South Africa can be able to leverage the fourth industrial revolution for the purpose of galvanising economic growth which would then lead to increased standard of living if such disrespect for education continues unabated. Black corruption and WMC’s influence have contaminated and complicated the environment. These days it has become normal without any consequence to ignore a candidate that has many qualifications and to favour a less qualified candidate. This has over the years emasculated and weakened the public administration of which the consequences are conspicuous for everyone to see. I wanted to opine a research essay for some entity but because of the WMC I could not. An un-educated person must know his place; he cannot have aspirations for senior positions and want to preside over educated people. He must know that in order to progress he must go to school. Others rush to do postgraduate qualifications when they do not have a proper junior degree. A junior degree is also very important because your postgraduate qualifications cannot be recognised (at least in certain quarters) without a proper bachelor’s degree. This also calls into question academic institutions admitting such people into postgraduate studies.

Ngoba mina ngu-lova waselokishini ngiyabheda, basho njalo. Mina I don’t have any ambitions or aspirations anymore; the only thing I know now for which I believe I have a moral and constitutional obligation to do is to denounce and rebuke the WMC until the end as I don't have anything else to aspire to. With the confluence of black corruption and the WMC’s influence South Africa has effectively emerged as a mafia state as opposed to a democratic state as envisaged in the Constitution. The Constitution is just a document; it requires human intervention to be animated; without such it remains an ineffectual document at best and a useless document at worst.

It is against this backdrop that I implore you to make efforts to ensure that your municipality stands out as one institution that recognises talent and hard-work and reward those individuals who have made efforts to improve their knowledge-base by acquiring academic qualifications if you are determinant about leaving a lasting legacy. Put a spanner in the wheel for half-measures and be on the warpath for excellence!

 on 4/11/2019 3:03 PM

Re: Displacement of foreign nationals not xenophobic

Ivelaphi lendoda, bayabuza abanye. Abanye bathi uyahlanya uMakamisa, ngeke yenzeke lento ayishoyo, akahambe ayoshona.

 on 4/12/2019 7:08 AM

Re: Displacement of foreign nationals not xenophobic

If I were a president of the country I would create a department called Department of Recruitment Services which will be responsible for recruitments throughout the public administration.  The department will initiate and complete the recruitment process independently of the requisitioning entity.

If, for example, your municipality wants to fill a vacancy, it will submit the necessary forms including a jobs description to the Department of Recruitment Services. Initially, the department will draft the job requirements for the position in collaboration municipality but eventually there will have to be standardised job requirements for all positions.

The department will then advertise the position, handle all the responses, organise the panel and finalise interviews and assessments. The department will then issue the successful candidate with a letter of appointment which the candidate will take along with himself to report for duty at the municipality. The recruitment process will have been finalised without the influence of the appointing manager. Chances of influencing the process would be slim.
This new method will create a fair opportunity for all candidates. If the education criterion is given the importance it deserves there would not even be a need to interview many candidates; an interview can in certain circumstances be limited to a single candidate if such candidate is the only one that stands out from the crowd. It would be a waste of time to interview candidates that do not stand a serious chance of being appointed. This would happen if their qualifications do not closely match that of the main candidate. The recruitment process will be infused with more objectivity as opposed to the subjectivity of the appointing manager.

This would be the best way in my view to reduce black corruption in relation to recruitments in the public administration but this method will not be effective against the baleful influence of the WMC as they are the law unto themselves.

 on 4/12/2019 2:08 PM

Re: Displacement of foreign nationals not xenophobic

The minister reportedly made an undertaking that in this winter there would not be load-shedding; he cited plans that have been put in place by Eskom to avert load-shedding to support his assertion. This was good news as it suggested that Eskom had adopted a proactive approach in relation to load-shedding.  But the excitement has been short-lived in the wake of the news that load-shedding can happen at any time due to unforeseen circumstances. This development takes us back to the point I raised in my previous posts that SOE’s could not be saved in the current climate; the firmament is polluted.

The other day I pointed out that the fundamental problem of Eskom stems from its organisational structure and I suggested that the structure required overhaul. When I welcomed the news that Eskom would be unbundled some people thought that I was endorsing the proposed structure; that was not the case; I was actually appreciating the thought that the government executive had finally realised that the fundamental problem of Eskom was its organogram. 

Where I am seated I am not in a position to recommend a particular structure as I am of the strong view that government will have to conduct some sort of a research to come up with a better informed decision of how Eskom should look like in the near future. I suppose this is going to take a very long time to get to a proper decision about the new structure. I am therefore of the view that in the midst of the current crisis of load-shedding an interim structure that will reduce the current perceived inefficiencies at Eskom should be introduced while busy comprehensively working out the final organogram. A vertically integrated entity as an interim structure is preferable while finding better ways to reduce its workforce, preferably through natural attrition.

Eskom is a critical institution to the state just like SARS is which is responsible for the revenue collection for the state. The critical role of Eskom emanates from the fact that it has monopoly over the generation and supply of electricity in the country. Any faltering by Eskom would have severe ramifications for the economy. Eskom alone with its perceived blunders can cause the economy to hit the downturn suddenly; that is how powerful Eskom is. Loading-shedding, for example, has the effect of crippling the economy; the economic growth slows down as a result of load-shedding. The anticipated jobs that were going to be created are dashed as a result of load-shedding as the businesses become unable to tap into new opportunities or expand their activities because of load-shedding. It is therefore important that government and private sector pull resources together with the view of getting Eskom out of the quagmire. The resources will include professional people who are willing to help for free who will contribute their expertise just like I am doing although I am not a professional but ulova waselokishini.  If the issue of Eskom stirs up ulova waselokishini to stand up and speak out it just tells you how important Eskom is to the public at large.

On contributions, I like the commentary contribution that I came across in the media. I think the commentary was made by a member of an opposition party, I just cannot recall the name, but I give credit to that person. The suggestion was that Eskom should halt construction of one of the plants that are currently under construction so as to save costs given the current crisis of Eskom of running short of funds. Now taking the commentary further, this is a very important point which government should view in a serious light. If for example Medupe and Kusile are going to take a very long time to be completed; it would be wise to halt the construction of one of them and re-direct the resources of the halted plant to the other plant so as to expedite its construction. Those who studied project management or who came across project management in their studies will remember that this called “crashing” which is a technique in fast-tracking a project. At a detailed technical level though there is a difference between crashing and fast-tracking but for the purposes of this article it is not important to emphasize the difference. What is important to say now is that government should consider halting construction of one of the plants in line with the principles of project management.

Izinto esizikhulumayo zihambisana ne-academic theory; asikhulumi ubuhlathi la. Uyabona mfoka Msibi isikole sibaluleke kangakanani. If you are a manager or a specialist what kind of knowledge are you going to impart to your subordinates if you do not have academic theory? Le experience ohlale ukhuluma ngayo ingu buhlathi uma ungafundile. Yekani ukuzonda abantu abafundile. Singolova baselokishini siyabathanda abantu abafundile. Big up!

 on 4/15/2019 8:25 AM

Re: Displacement of foreign nationals not xenophobic

Every system or practice has its own victims. The apartheid regime had its own victims of whom we all have an idea who they are. The new democratic dispensation which is premised on democracy and rule of law has its own victims too but the nature of the victims is determined by the practical application of the rules rather than the rules themselves.

Ostensible compliance with the procedures does not necessarily mean the reality. Ticking all the boxes, ensuring positions are advertised, candidates are shortlisted and interviewed, assessments done and appointment made does not necessarily mean the process is what it is. These recruitment processes are not watertight; the human element can still corrupt these processes while they appear to remain intact. The recruitment process can be broken down into two parts, namely procedural and substantial parts. Compliance with the formalities is the procedural part of the process.

The other part of the process is the substance which represents the content of the process. The content is problematic in nature because a certain aspect of it involves human discretion and judgment. It borders on obscurity and it lacks measurability. This is the part of the recruitment process that is open to abuse without consequences most of the time. A process may comply with formalities but only for the substance to paint an opposite picture. It is the substance of the process that is generally targeted for manipulation by the human element. Flouting the procedural part of the process will easily expose the unscrupulous administrator as the procedure is auditable or reviewable unlike the substance part which by nature is not reviewable.

The reason it is so difficult to deal with corruption in the public sector is because the unscrupulous administrators have mastered the art of abusing processes; they have learned the importance of complying with the procedures while wreaking havoc on the substance of the processes. Audit procedures have their own shortcomings in that they are limited to formalities; they are inherently incapable of addressing the substance of a process. The substance cannot be reviewed or questioned by anyone including by Auditor General.
The ostensible compliance with the rules may paint a picture of a practice that is in compliance with the rule of law whereas in actual fact the victims of the practice are individuals who are supposed to be protected by the very same rule of law.  The victims can either be good or bad people. If the practice is upright the victims would be unscrupulous individuals; if the practice is corrupt, the victims would be innocent individuals; in the case of a corrupt recruitment process the victims would be educated people for example.

In the current corrupt climate the victims are often educated people in a recruitment process; people who have worked hard to ensure that they have the requisite knowledge and skills for the job but who do not get appointed because of the corrupt pre-determined dynamics. The Fourth Industrial Revolution is here but how are we going to advantage of it when we do not promote and reward knowledge acquisition?

Numerous complaints have also emerged about the affirmative action policy that it has the effect of excluding minorities (who were previous beneficiaries of apartheid) from employment. I share their concerns for what is currently happening is not right. A noble policy which was meant to redress historical imbalances of the past has been disgraced by current corrupt practices. Educated black people are also victims of the corrupt practices camouflaged as affirmative action. To the minorities, I say: what is currently happening is not affirmative action but corruption.

The only way in my view to address substance of recruitment processes in the public sector is to recruit people of probity. How do you achieve this, when the entry point of corruption in an organisation is the recruitment process itself?  

Uyabona mfokaMsibi ukuthi umbono wami usuka kude kanjani uma ngithi: izwe selonakala.

 on 4/17/2019 12:29 PM
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