Minister calls for protection of democratic institutions

Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Jeff Radebe has called on South Africans to make a conscious view to protect and solidify institutions of democracy.

Speaking on Friday at the Old Mutual Tomorrow's Leaders Convention, he said the task to protect the institutions of democracy was for current leaders and the next generation.

"President Mandela's generations will always be remembered for fighting for freedom against the brutal and corrupt apartheid regime.

"Upon achieving this goal, they set about building strong institutions to ensure that the democratic gains are never reversed," Minister Radebe said.

He encouraged leaders at the convection to focus on creating a society in which there is shared prosperity.

"This challenge requires leaders whose focus extends beyond achieving good quarterly results and meeting their bonus targets. It requires leaders who are able to take a broad, long-term view and that can place the interests of others above their own," Minister Radebe said.

He said the vision in the National Development Plan (NDP) is clear and it needs leaders who will make it achievable.

"The NDP, which charts the way towards our 2030 vision, identifies leadership as one of the critical ingredients that will ensure that the promise of our Constitution becomes a lived experience for everyone," Minister Radebe said.

He said the basic requirement of the NDP is that leaders provide clear direction to ensure that by 2030, South Africa has progressed significantly from the one of 1994 and where changes are felt by every South African in equal measure.

"[The NDP] sets a high standard of leadership," Minister Radebe said.