I mentioned a while ago one of the things to look forward to from COPE was some frank revelations about how the ANC has been going about its business. Well, front and centre we have staffing of the public service.
It is improper for public servants to be appointed on the basis of political affiliation, Congress of the People (Cope) leader Mosiuoa Lekota said on Wednesday.
Addressing close to 300 people of the coloured community of Athlone in Cape Town, Lekota said Cope would do away with the practice of deploying party members in high-ranking government positions should it win the next elections.
"We will make sure that the public service is depoliticised ... the men and women who will be appointed to run the administration of government will be appointed on the basis ... that they have the best skills and expertise," he said.
Only people who could deliver the best services to all South Africans would be appointed.
It was important to depoliticise the public service to avoid the Zimbabwean kind of a situation where senior civil servants dictated who should be elected to political office.
full story from M&G here