Opinion

Wage cut alone won’t fix public service problem

23 May 2021 - 00:00 By william gumede

Freezing the public service wage bill on its own will not slash debt. Nor will it boost performance or increase value for money. Whatever savings are realised in reducing the wage bill will almost certainly immediately be lost in irregular and fruitless spending, incompetence and corruption.

Ideologically insisting that the public service must deliver a service when it does not have the capacity to do so is equally wasteful. An example of this is the government stubbornly insisting that the public sector alone should roll out Covid-19 vaccines, when it clearly does not have the capacity to do so.  ..

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