What does our future look like if leaders refuse to be held accountable?


Terrance M. Booysen | Chief Executive Officer | CGF Research Institute | mail me | and peer reviewed by Jene’ Palmer | Lead Independent Consultant | CGF Research Institutemail me |

“Leaders inspire accountability through their ability to accept responsibility before they place blame.”

– Courtney Lynch, Founding Partner Lead Star, N.Y. Times Bestselling Author

During the years of President Jacob Zuma’s leadership, the country experienced many great governance challenges which played out in the courts and the public domain. The Public Protector at the time  – Ms. Thuli Madonsela – appeared to be winning the battle against corruption, notwithstanding the great odds that she was facing. One may also recall how little support was found in the National Prosecuting Authority, with Adv. Shaun Abrahams at its helm.  At the same time the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) had very little to offer in the battle so desperately needed to beat this scourge which both then and today erodes the moral fibre of our society, including the economic engine that is expected to sustain the country.

With President Zuma being forced to step down, there was renewed hope found in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s appointment; his ‘new dawn’ promises thrilled both the worn-out citizens, including the business sector and many investors. It appeared that the worst of times was in the rear-view mirror, and for a period of time conditions in South Africa seemed to improve. However, our optimism appears to have been short-lived with many promises to hold people accountable for their actions being broken or simply ignored.

Sadly, with President Ramaphosa now in the position for almost three years, many South Africans believe that the conditions in South Africa have in fact deteriorated. Questions are being asked about the internal leadership battles within the ruling party, deep rooted and widespread corruption particularly in the public sector, poor policy decision making by government, abysmal governance and poor economic growth.

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