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Ramaphosa rattled by ‘qualifications’ question

Ramaphosa rattled by ‘qualifications’ question

Although we haven’t seen a session full of fire and brimstone on Wednesday, Cyril Ramaphosa has certainly been put on the spot by officials at the State Capture Inquiry. Advocate Paul Pretorius hasn’t gone easy on the president, and after probing the 68-year-old on the controversial practice of cadre deployment, the issue of ‘qualifications’ came up.

PRESIDENT PUSHED IN QUALIFICATIONS ROW

Pretorius put it to the president that roughly 3 301 public officials do not possess the qualifications needed to hold senior management positions across South Africa – that accounts for roughly one-third of all these workers.

Ramaphosa acknowledged the shortfall, but refused to accept that a large-scale overhaul was needed across the country’s biggest public organisations. Given that a lack of ‘qualifications’ has often been used as a stick to beat several DA leaders with, it’s no wonder these revelations left the president feeling a little uncomfortable.

CYRIL RAMAPHOSA ‘ON THE SPOT’ AT STATE CAPTURE INQUIRY

Cyril responded in a deliberate manner, pausing for thought on a couple of occasions. He called for a ‘humane solution’ to this matter, and he is adamant that no under-qualified civil servant must lose their job ‘without their rights being considered first’. Ramaphosa also argued that thousands of these workers now have invaluable experience, anyway.

“The problem is recognised… that is precisely the problem we are addressing. We know that 3 301 is a large number of people. We are not going to chuck those people out. If anything, we as the state must be blamed. We need to address the problem humanely… we must also look at the human rights of those people without proper qualifications.”


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