ANCYL: Limpopo leaders threaten govt

2012-08-29 22:11
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Johannesburg - The ANC Youth League in Limpopo will march in protest against national government's intervention in the province, it said on Wednesday.

"The presence of the administrators in the province has now reached a point of intolerance and [the ANCYL] therefore wishes to declare that [the] Limpopo province will be ungovernable for as long as administrators are still in the province," the ANC Youth League said in a statement.

"We are determined to ensure that the people of Limpopo are not suffering because some people in the national Cabinet are threatened by the independent thinking of the Limpopo leadership, particularly towards [the] Mangaung [national] conference of the ANC."

The ANCYL would march against administration, from SABC Park in Polokwane on Thursday. The march was originally to have taken place on August 21.

Limpopo government spokesperson Tebatso Mabitsela was not immediately available for comment.

The government intervened in the bankrupt province in December, in terms of section 100(1)(b) of the Constitution.

The provincial treasury and the provincial departments of education, health, public works and roads and transport were all subject to the intervention.

The ANCYL called on all sectors of society to join "the mother of all marches to demand the withdrawal of the imposition of Section 100(1)(b)".

"The provincial administration, as it includes the provincial treasury, is abducted by the dictatorship of [national] administrators," it said.

"They... hold the entire [provincial] administration at ransom because all finances are supposed to be dispatched from treasury inclusive of the departments which were not placed under [the intervention]."

It said the employment of public servants, the procurement of textbooks, medication, groceries, payments of rates and services of public offices, police stations and hospitals were "being mired" by the intervention.

"These problems are brought by the imposition of the system, and on its own [it] ridicules the integrity of the Limpopo people," the ANCYL said.

"We have waited for outcomes on investigations on alleged corruption as conducted by appointed companies, the public protector and the auditor general, for months now and therefore are heading to the streets to demand them."

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