Redeeming the Splendor of Africa from its Deadly Zone: A Case of South Africa

04 Apr 2019

The purpose of this paper is to conceptually analyse and assess the competency of the public servants towards redeeming the splendor of Africa in a South African context. Africa as a continent is well known about its splendor decorated by various rich resources. Surprisingly, the continent is prominent about the scourge of dire poverty. That radiate the assumption that relative majority of African countries are fronted with problems such as poverty and hunger in the midst of rich resources. That is so ironic because most of African countries have retained their power from colonial powers and other related aspects of oppression such as apartheid. Consequently, in the years of colonization, Africa did not have the power to emancipate people from slavery, hunger and poverty as well as not having the ability to materialize the existing resources, but that time is in the past. Ironically, in the current dispensation hunger and poverty is still unabated irrespective of gaining democratic power. It could be argued that perhaps public servants in the modern society are bamboozled by misusing of power. Perhaps African leaders and public servants are consumed by egotistic megalomania hence driven by self-centered approach. Evidently, there is a misusing of resources for serving self-interests by public servants.For case in point, most of government officials are perceived to be enriching themselves through corruption at the expense of the public interests. Thus, the roles, capabilities and competencies of public servants can be questionable in that regard. Hence, the conception of the paper, through literature based analysis, is to assess the competency of public servants towards redeeming the splendor of Africa. Accordingly, the paper argues that all the abominated deeds are exacerbated by inefficient and incompetence of public servants, favouritism, corruption and political patronage which are fundamentally circumventing constitutional principles and the rule of law. The paper concludes that those who are in the highest authority in government carry the responsibility to shift Africa from its peril and regain its splendor in the best interest of the electorates.