Response – 1st November 2022 – The End of Cadre Deployment? by Mike Pothier
Corruption, incompetence, patronage and misgovernance were never official policies of the governing ANC, but cadre deployment, which was and still is official policy, promoted and facilitated all of these. Once cadre deployment became the norm, the era of State Capture was a virtual inevitability. People appointed primarily on the basis of their party loyalty, rather than qualifications or relevant experience, knew that they had political ‘cover’ if a tempting opportunity for enrichment presented itself. Some were appointed precisely in order to engineer such opportunities.