Ramaphosa: Most public servants discharge their duties faithfully

From the desk of the president.
President Ramaphosa.

Over the course of time, public servants in our country have come to be in the spotlight for the wrong reasons.

We have become too used to stories of civil servants involved in maladministration, embezzlement, corruption and other forms of conduct that betray the values of the public service.

While much is made of those that are errant and unprincipled, the vast majority of public servants understand the weight of responsibility their positions entail, and discharge their duties faithfully.

We have set ourselves the challenge of building a capable, ethical state. We remain firmly on course towards professionalising the public service and transforming it into a group of men and women who are able and committed to serving our people and their interests.

During this Public Service Month, we pay tribute to the many public servants who continue to make a positive difference in our country every day, and whose actions and performance embodies the principle of Batho Pele, of ‘putting people first’.

Our fight against the Covid-19 pandemic has demonstrated that we do have capable and committed public servants who diligently serve the people of South Africa.

Since the outbreak of the pandemic, civil servants have displayed courage and resilience in discharging their duties, often under the most difficult of circumstances. Despite the disruptions caused by the pandemic, they have kept the wheels of our country turning and have ensured that service delivery continued.

Frontline health personnel have made sure that the ill are attended to. Members of the SAPS have continued to serve and protect our communities. Teachers have continued to care for and educate our learners. Officials in government offices have ensured that our people continue to receive services.

We have learned many lessons from the pandemic. Covid-19 has exposed the chasms between the planning and execution of public service delivery; and the reality of government departments still working in silos when they should be working together in a seamless, development-orientated manner. At the same time, Covid-19 has shown us what is possible if we work in a coordinated manner and manage resources effectively and efficiently.

At the launch of last year’s Public Service Month, I made specific reference to the need for a new integrated model for service delivery that is responsive, adaptive and brings development to where it is needed most.

This adaptive service delivery model, or District Development Model, is exactly what the Batho Pele White Paper compels us to do: establish a citizen centred Public Service that is seamless, adaptive and responsive.

We call on public servants to be part of this process by identifying ways in which we can realise a public service focused on meeting the needs and advancing the interests of citizens.

Our commitment to building a state that is ethical, capable and above all developmental necessitates that civil servants see themselves not merely as state functionaries but as development workers.

Though we must continue in earnest with our task of rooting out those whose conduct makes them ill-suited for public service, we must at the same time acknowledge the vast majority are exemplary civil servants. They have kept us going.

One speaks here of the grandmother who is assisted when she receives her grant every month; the critically-ill patient in the public hospital who is nursed back to health by caring staff; the social worker who helps to keep families together; the vulnerable woman who is treated with dignity by a member of the South African Police Service; and the businessperson who receives their documentation at the Home Affairs office on time to travel to expand their business.

The professionalism of these hardworking, ethical and principled public servants keeps our country afloat, and their good work brings hope to our people.

At a time when shortcomings in the public service are amplified and bad news falls like an avalanche, we acknowledge our public servants of South Africa and their service.

It may be said that they are just doing what they are paid to do. But public service is a calling – one to which they have ably responded in order that the rights of all people in this country are fulfilled.

We are grateful to all our public servants and for all that they do.


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He must be the only guy believing the nonsense he writes. Just read the headline.

No scruples.

Big problem when the “leader” of a country cant face the truth!!!

Time to go man. No value added by this guy.

“Most public servants discharge their duties faithfully” Absolutely correct. Especially those medical practitioners who work for Correctional Service, not so?

Nothing could be further from the truth. The so called civil servants in the ANC led municipalities will tell you that two thirds of the employees (over employed due to the ANC’s patronage system) do absolutely nothing.

That is not doing your duties. That is doing nothing and receiving a salary from hard earned tax payer’s money.

And by “most”, the president of course means: “my cousin’s wife’s brother’s boss’s son told me he saw one official who actually did his job, back in 1995. But he was usually high so it may have been in 1985.”

The frogboiler is delusional-go to SAPS, the Department of Home Affairs, the Courts etc….cadre employment has resulted in mediocrity EVERYWHERE in this useless and corrupt government.

the only thing that smells worse than what dribbles out his mouth is the cretin majority that vote them in . i live here but am ashamed of the caliber of the majority of azanians

Just 1 simple question: When last did ANY politically connected person, ACTUALY go in and stand in a line like the rest of us mere mortals, to be served by a “Civil Servant” ????

I think we all know the answer.

What surprises me the most about this speech, is not the blatant hypocrisy but rather the sheer arrogance to even think that anyone would take this seriously. The first step to fix any problem is to actually recognise and acknowledge the problem. I guess for those of us not living in a “Billionaires Bubble” our daily lived reality is not relevant.

Most public servants discharge their duties faithfully but unfortunately their belief system deifies self-enrichment by dishonest means and their dutiful and nefarious loyalty lies with their benefactors.

To the ANC, enabling looting and propping up the party (see IEC) *are* their duty.

When you got no standards this is what you see, you know no better!

Put him on a Polygraph test and he will pass with flying colours, for this very reason, no standards!

In 2019 the number of government employees in South Africa is 2,108,125 whose total wages cost the tax per R745,102,804,485 costing the on average R353,443 per employee per year or R29,453 a month.

There is no chance that Tax payers are getting even close to 10% of Return On Tax (ROT)…

The figures include national, provincial and local government departments, universities, technikons and extra budgetary institutions.


About 10 years ago I worked for a construction company who were “Asked” to employee a government worker because he was a very well qualified person in the field of Environment Managed. It took us 3 month just to get him to arrive at work at 7am when everyone else was present however throughout the working days we would often find him asleep and there was nothing we could do.

The Start and End of Inequality lies at the doors of government employees who are both have a sense of entitlement and carelessness towards the general public and tax payers. It is not there fault but rather the government of the anc who cannot govern nor can the lead.

I am sure that there are many amongst them that are hardworking; kind hearted and proud, my comments are not intended to offend those.

Like which ones, these who don’t show up for work or show up late and leave early. These who take a tea break while their computer is ‘warming’ up, and you have to wait for it to ‘accept’ their password. Then its union mandated tea break at ten, then a lunch at 12 that ends at 14h00, then they have to take the government car ‘to go an do an ”assessment” presumably somewhere in the township, but then you find thenm at the shopping mall.

Like which ones, these traffic cops who are stopping people for no reason at all and directly asking for bribes? Issuing nonsensical tickets. Or these senior office workers who are asking young women applying for sexual favours or for a private ‘twerking’ to be put in a job. Why are people in South Africa paying people to secure a simple job. Why are people making private payments to people in charge of stands? Why do I know this stuff and see it when the government with its resources seems not to? Who is fooling who here? No, Mr. President, there is no audit of what you are saying, the experience on the ground is that the corrupt element is growing within government employees – and there are no consequences, only perks and promotions …and get out of jail free parolss!!!

Looks like the frog boiler forgot his Cape Town train ride. It would be a step in the right direction if he would not utter such blatant BS.

Just more talk, followed by more talk and a few promises . . . never any truth . . . never any follow-thru . . . never any action.

Clearly he hasn’t been into any government service office recently. Not only are the lines monotonously long and move at a snails pace because the staff are either busy yapping to each other, disappearing on regular smoke / toilet / coffee / lunch breaks or playing on their mobile phones.
In my opinion stealing time from your employer is also a form of corruption!

This is just election talk.

The government workers want second world salaries and then produce third world results, if you look at education, 700 SOE’s, 9 out of ten provinces and 200 municipalities.

I don’t think anyone of us has any idea how much good and solid hard work President Ramaphosa has done.

No one of us can possibly imagine the monumental mess left behind by
Mr. Zuma

The best place to start is to strengthen our NPA, SIU and Police

Hail to St Cyril.

Silent on corruption since Sarafina II (1996)
Taking over from Donald Trump as the most dishonest head of state.


Obviously never had to call the jhb city call centre or try and resolve a billing query there.

Maybe he’s tried the jhb hospital? Suspect not.

Or did he have a warehouse that was being looted in KZN?

None of the above. Oh well, if you never use them I guess they’re doing a great job

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