No trivial matter

Parliament’s portfolio committee on communications is justifiably peeved at department of communications’ director general Rosey Sekese assertion she had signed her performance agreement for 2012/13 when in fact she had not.  As Deputy Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams put it to Sekese, “Madam, you don’t lie to Parliament”.

So what?  Why don’t they just get the agreement signed and put it behind them?

From the Direct Democracy Forum’s perspective, that would simply not be good enough. This is no trivial matter.  If we need, and we do need, the country to work properly with due regard for the law, if we want those at the lowest levels to respect the rules by which our society functions, we need those at the highest levels to demonstrably observe those same rules, and one of the problems is that many at the top seem to think they are above those rules.

Hats off to  Ndabeni-Abrahams  (a deputy minister and presumably an ANC functionary) and to the portfolio committee for doing their jobs.  It demonstrates that we should not stereotype folk but rather judge each on their merits.

Then there is the thought that the whistle-blower, a human resources officer in the communications department, might well be regarded as a criminal if the ANC get their way with their proposed secrecy bill.  Not so under a DDF administration.  We would reward whistle-blowing.  After all, what would a game of rugby or soccer be like without a referee?  Chaos.  While South Africa cannot be likened to a sports match, like a sports match it does need order and does need its referees.  In a national context, that is a function we should all fill.

Read the DDF policies for a glimpse of what is possible.

The buck stops at the ballot box.

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