Former deputy minister of finance, Mcebisi Jonas, said on Wednesday patronage networks and the abuse of influence is eroding service delivery and job creation in South Africa.
Speaking at AHI's conference on small-and medium-sized enterprises, Jonas also said he was angry when he learnt that he was fired, but that "we all expected to be fired".
Jonas was the keynote speaker at the event.
He added that "everything we did was to advance the cause of the country".
Jonas was the first keynote speaker at the event.
Last week, Jonas and the finance minister, Pravin Gordhan, were fired in a late-night Cabinet reshuffle, along with nine ministers and nine deputy ministers. On Friday, S&P downgraded South Africa's credit rating to junk status. The rand also hit a three-week low.
His comments made waves at the conference, with the organisation sending out tweets from the address:
"Corruption requires weaker state, parallel institutions." Mcebisis Jonas #SMEIndaba— AHI (@AHI_SouthAfrica) April 5, 2017
Jonas: Patronage networks must face considerable countervailing forces in SA. Abuse of influence eroding service delivery and job creation— AHI (@AHI_SouthAfrica) April 5, 2017
Jonas says he felt 'enraged' when fired. Committed to serving national interest. Emphasizes cannot have development when institutions weak.— AHI (@AHI_SouthAfrica) April 5, 2017
#AHI.SME-INDABA 'We all expected to be fired. Everything we did was to advance the cause of the country" Jonas— Cobus Bester (@CobusB) April 5, 2017
"One day we could say the country was stolen in front of our eyes" (on supporting powerful and independent institutions) - Mcebisis Jonas— AHI (@AHI_SouthAfrica) April 5, 2017
#AHI.SME-INDABA Absense of effective leadership country's biggest problem - Mcebisi Jonas— Cobus Bester (@CobusB) April 5, 2017 [AHI spokesperson]