by Thobile Madonsela | Published on 26 June 2019 for The Ethics Institute monthly newsletter
President Cyril Ramaphosa was mostly applauded for the composition of his cabinet, if only for the reason that he apparently managed to balance (or rather tap-dance around) competing and controversial personalities, interests and factions. He ‘played the game’ well, say the political commentators and journalists watching from the sidelines. But if politics is a game, and every game has a loser, who is the loser here? Of course one could point to the country as a whole, but it is also important to focus on those who feel the impact most directly: public servants. Public servants, who perform the administrative functions of government, must work with these political appointees who are supposed to give direction and support so that operational processes run smoothly and in accordance with good governance.