'Public service needs to reinvent itself'

The deputy president was speaking at the launch of Public Service Month in Soweto on Sunday.

Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says public service needs to reinvent itself if South Africa is to address its challenges of inequality and unemployment.

Ramaphosa says competent leadership is central to ensuring that public servants execute their duties effectively.

The president was speaking at the launch of Public Service Month in Soweto on Sunday.

Department of Public Service and Administration spokesperson Brent Simon says South Africans have the right to demand better services.

"For members of the public to know that they too, when dealing with public servants, must respect them but also know that they do not have to take services from these people that they would regard a low par or below standard."