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ANC rejects FF Plus motion for skills audit in Free State

It comes as no surprise that the ANC in the Free State Legislature voted against a motion by the FF Plus to conduct a skills audit on all senior managers in the provincial government.

The ANC rejected the motion and voted against transparency and, in so doing, once again demonstrated that it will protect its cadres and friends at all costs.

In August 2022, the acting Minister of Public Service and Administration, Thulas Nxesi, confirmed in a reply to a parliamentary question that 94 senior managers in the Free State do not possess the qualifications they need for the offices they hold.

From his reply it is evident that the provincial Department of Agriculture is the biggest culprit with 16 of its senior managers lacking the required qualifications.

The Department of Education is second with 14 unqualified senior managers, followed by the Department of Health with 13.

The Office of the Premier itself has seven senior managers without the necessary qualifications.

With the motion, the FF Plus wanted to put pressure on the Free State Premier, Sisi Ntombela, to ensure that correctly qualified senior managers are appointed to improve service delivery to residents.

The FF Plus will ask the Public Service Commission to investigate the apparent lack of relevant qualifications in the Free State government.

The ANC is obviously not going to abandon its futile ideologies of affirmative action and cadre deployment. At the expense of the people of the Free State.

The FF Plus is also concerned about the increasingly growing cost of employment reflected in the public sector's wage bill over the past two decades. This also applies to the impact it has on the country's finances, and the value-for-money principle.

The people of the Free State deserve better than the ANC.

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