19 October 2017

South Africa: Op-Ed - Leadership in Question


In the wake of the renewed disarray caused by President Jacob Zuma's Cabinet reshuffle, that may have major impacts on investor confidence and impact further on the country's investment status, it is clear that the President has no concern for the interests of the country. He acts in a manner that will benefit himself. This raises broader questions of what we require from leadership and especially, the much-used concept of "ethical leadership". By RAYMOND SUTTNER.

Very many South Africans are worried about the character and quality of leadership of the country and continue to hear allegations of corruption against more and more people. There are constant acts of illegality perpetrated by individuals in positions of authority. This forms part of a broad range of features that represent the lawlessness that reigns. The law that is intended to safeguard our lives and freedoms is being systematically undermined, including by the very people charged with its enforcement (with the notable exception of the judiciary).

We know that President Jacob Zuma represents the worst feature of abuse of power. But there is insufficient elaboration of how we understand the leadership we need and particularly ethical leadership, a phrase constantly...

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