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S.Africa’s culture of corruption needs correction: Coleman

Southern Africa

by Trust Matsilele 0

President Jacob Zuma has been accused of being not dealing with corruption decisively. PHOTO: Getty Images

“There are certain things that should be corrected like the culture of corruption and the culture of dependency [as to ensure that South Africa becomes an even better country],” Cole Coleman, managing director of Goldman Sachs South Africa told CNBC Africa.

Coleman added that the deployment of senior government bureaucrats was critical to the direction of the country.

“When one looks at the key ministries like the labour, mining, police, finance, coordination of the National Development Plan, trade and industry, how these ministries are going to be populated not only from ministerial level but also from director general level will be important.”

“I hope the Zuma administration has learnt from the first five years the successes and the failures so as to reorganise and restructures as to get the best people in the best slots to get weaknesses addressed,” he added.


The ruling party has been warned that the challenge of unemployment, poverty and the ever widening gap between the rich and the poor could affect its future political fortunes.

“What happens in the next five years is very important to the ANC in terms of keeping the alliance together and keeping its programmes on track. If these are well implemented then the party deserves to be in government but if it doesn’t it will struggle to keep the group united.”

According to some media reports the ANC’s top six officials are considering restructuring and reorganising the shape of the government with inclusion and axing of certain ministries.

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The ANC has over the years been accused of employing a deployment strategy that doesn’t guarantee results.

“How positions are allocated is more important than the outcome of elections as this affects the direction of the government and country.”

South Africa is celebrating 20 years of democracy which is a landmark achievement in the country’s calendar.