Thoughts on South African and international politics and culture

Thursday, October 07, 2004

Parlimentary hypocrisy
I think it is incredibly hypocritical for parliment to be recommending to give themselves a 7% wage increase, with the dust not yet having settled from a bitter argument between government and public servants. After putting the country through a strike by not allowing a 7% raise to the public servants, this action by the Commission for the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers is incredibly short-sighted.

Of course the numbers are vastly different, over a million workers versus a few hundred, but Parliment sets the tone for the country's leadership, and if upheld, it will be a real stab in the back for public service. In Mbeki's second 'delivery' term, it will also continue to undermine the relationship between politicians and the public service that has to deliver on their promises, which will always come back to bite the hand that feeds...