Mathale's govt must collapse - Cosatu
Polokwane - Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale's government must collapse or the ANC risks losing the 2014 local government election, Cosatu in Limpopo said on Monday.
"You see, the political danger of the current situation is that if we are not careful people can deliberately, when they are said to be leading the ANC, deliberately fail the ANC in 2014 because they don’t need the ANC anymore," said provincial secretary Dan Sebabi.
"They need tenders more than the ANC."
He was addressing about 200 protesting members of the National Education Health and Allied Workers' Union outside the premier's office.
Sebabi praised the workers for demonstrating against Mathale's administration and for demanding their unpaid bonuses.
He said the government had exhausted its budget and failed to pay bonuses because it had focused on tender projects.
The protesters demanded the resignation of Mathale and his director general Rachel Modiba-Molepo.
The national government placed five Limpopo departments under administration last year.
Sebabi said other departments would be mobilised to join the protest if workers' grievances were not resolved.
"We must push them out of office because they have lost their capacity to listen. We must make this place our own Tahir Square [a reference to protests in Egypt]. We must sleep here, eat here and wash here until Mathale is gone."