Coalition discussion could be a turning point for professional approach to politics: Fikeni

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The Chairperson of the Public Service Commission Somadoda Fikeni says the two-day National Dialogue on Coalition Governments could be a turning point for the efficient and professional approach to politics in South Africa.
He was a facilitator in one of the commissions that dealt with political culture.
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Fikeni spoke to SABC Radio News after the conclusion of the dialogue at the University of the Western Cape on Saturday.
“This is  one of the most important moments which could be a turning point because  even if you professionalise public service, if you do not work on the efficiencies  and professional  approach on how our politics are  conducted, one is going to affect the other.”
“So, this discussion on coalitions and how we should have  a common understanding on how we resolve some of the issues and how  we adopt certain conventions to avoid what we have  seen recently in Johannesburg Municipality, in Tshwane, in Gqeberha and in other places, this is  an important beginning. There  are  still trust issues, there’s  a lot of trust deficit, there is  a lot of suspicion. Transparency co-creation and inclusiveness will take us forward,” he added.