‘SA should be number one’

Jay Naidoo says SA should not be content with its governance ranking.

Struggle activist Jay Naidoo. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Struggle activist Jay Naidoo believes South Africa should not be content with its latest ranking in the 2013 Ibrahim Index of African Governance.

According to the latest statistics released on Monday, South Africa ranks fifth out of 52 countries in terms of governance, from fourth position in 2000.

The country has also seen a decrease in its score for participation and human rights.

Naidoo, who is also a board member of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, told 567 Cape Talk that the index is accurate.

"The index consolidates that data from various sources to establish what is actually happening in terms of outcome, rule of law, human rights, economic opportunities, education, health and welfare. So it's a very accurate way to measure performance which is really the core of government."

Naidoo said South Africa should be number one.

"We have remained stable for the last 12 years. Now if you look at it we are still 30 percent of the GDP of sub-Saharan Africa. We should not be content with being number five. We should be number one.

"If you look at the amount of money in our national budget for delivering the goods and services that we are measuring as the index we have gone up from R233 billion as our national budget in 2000 to over a trillion rand in 2012/13."

Meanwhile, President Jacob Zuma believes that South Africans are too hard on themselves.

He says they are not celebrating the positives that have been achieved in the past 20 years.

Recently, the ANC started a Twitter campaign which was meant to highlight the successes of the last two decades.

However, the plan quickly backfired when users chose to use the #ProudlyBroughtByANC to point out all the failures of the ruling party.