18 September 2017

South Africa: Muthambi v Jonas - Which Model Will Public Servants Follow?


In one corner: a former public servant best known for being good at his job but ousted from it after turning down a R600-million bribe from the Guptas. In the other corner: a current public servant who faces allegations of nepotism, financial mismanagement, having misled Parliament and having leaked confidential Cabinet information to the Guptas. In some ways, the contrasting figures of Mcebisi Jonas and Faith Muthambi provide a metaphor for the battle for the soul of South Africa. On Monday, they shared a platform hosted by the union for government employees. By REBECCA DAVIS.

"The Bible says without Faith, it is impossible to please God," roared the Public Servants' Association general manager Ivan Fredericks. "And that is why we have Faith in the house!"

Fredericks was unable to resist the lure of the pun when introducing Public Service and Administration Minister Faith Muthambi to the audience at the AGM of the Public Servants' Association (PSA) on Monday.

September is Public Service Month in South Africa, and the PSA's AGM provided an opportunity to contemplate the varying models of public service available locally. A beaming Muthambi bounced on to the stage in a Pretoria conference venue, greeted by a resounding...

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