The big SOE’s are being hammered for costing South Africa Billions, but, the rot doesn’t stop there. There are many examples of how our Civil Servants are draining our country dry. Through small things like using data for personal use, making personal phone calls, using paper, spending too long at tea or lunch to the big things involving lawyers and being sued for wrongful actions.
Below are just 5 Examples of big money being spent on actions that could be avoided if our civil servants were better trained/cleverer/better managed:
Tens of thousands of South Africans have been unlawfully arrested and detained by the SAPS over the last few years. Courts have ordered the police service to pay out R1.5 Billion in compensation the last few years, with at least a further R30 Billion in claims and legal costs pending.
Unlawful arrests point to SAPS personnel that have not been properly trained and/or exceeding their powers with the tacit approval of superiors in order to make arrest quotas or to harrass minorities.
In December 2019 pro cyclist Nic Dlamini, whilst training to represent South Africa at the Olympics, was assaulted by South African National Parks Rangers who broke his left arm on Table Mountain over his permit to ride.
Dlamini is now suing SANPARKS and faces the real possibility of not being able to represent South Africa at the Olympics.
Insiders have pointed to Rangers not being properly trained and encouraged to apply the ‘law’ very strictly.
In February 2018 the 60 year-old Algoa Bay Yacht Club was evicted by the National Ports Authority over disputed rental. At the heart of the eviction matter was the still outstanding Port Regulator Complaint from 2009 over unfair rental increases and the failure by TNPA to apply a sporting body discount to the rental.
TNPA spent millions on evicting the club and the city lost a valuable institution catering for saling as a sport and the many international yachtsmen that used to spend weeks in Nelson Mandela Bay.
In 2019 a local tour operator had a foreign client’s filming equipment confiscated by rogue inspectors who failed to bring charges, show just cause or produce a warrant. After a threatened High Court Action and intervention by the client’s embassy the equipment was returned.
All this cost the client and the department (read taxpayers) a lot of money along with the loss of faith in South Africa by the foreign government and citizens involved.
When National Heads of Department take the law into their own hands. A case presently underway involves a senior national department head accusing a permit holder of operating illegally, despite having the evidence to the contrary in her possession and having personally signed approval for the very activities that the permit operator is accused of doing.
The action has gone to High Court and will end up costing the department in question millions of rands and more millions in lost revenue from foreign citizens.
In most cases the people responsible for these Darwin Moments are connected to the right party/culture/colour and as such are protected. If they are really naughty they are ‘re-deployed’ – only to continue with their bumbling mayhem in another department in another part of the country.
The consequences of cadre deployment are costing us Billions. Now if only those responsible for this can see that cadre deployment is resulting in a loss of gravy for them to loot!
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