Government has noted a report in various Independent Newspaper stables alleging, without any substance, that former Ministers Barbara Hogan of Public Enterprises and Geoff Doige of Public Works were replaced as Members of the Executive because they spoke out against corruption.
Government wishes to put it on record that changes to the National Executive, as announced by President Zuma on Sunday, 31 October 2010, were necessitated by nothing other than what President Zuma said when he made the announcement.
Amongst other things, President Zuma said the changes were introduced to strengthen the capacity of government to deliver on its mandate and to improve the quality of life of all South Africans, especially the poor.
President Zuma said: “We reiterate that we need a national executive and public service that knows where our people live, who fully understand the needs of our people and what we are trying to achieve.
“Our people need to see a visible improvement in the delivery of water, electricity, healthcare, education, social security, civic services, safety and security and a host of other basic needs.”
One of the priorities of this administration is to stamp out crime and corruption, and the President will support efforts across government to make sure that the scourge is defeated.
Members of Cabinet and others in positions of authority across the public service enjoy the President’s support in the fight against corruption.
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