SACP: Criticism of Zokwana petty

2014-06-01 21:20
Senzeni Zokwana (Picture: Supplied)

Senzeni Zokwana (Picture: Supplied)

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Johannesburg - The SA Communist Party on Sunday came to the defence of newly appointed Agriculture Minister Senzeni Zokwana following reports that he was under paying his cattle herder.

"Comrade Zokwana is a mine worker who is not paid an executives salary," general secretary Blade Nzimande said on Sunday.

"It's only now that he has become a minister."

City Press reported on Sunday that Zokwana - who is also SACP national chairperson - paid his cattle herder R800 a month. He was made to work every day of the week.

The man, who is said to be from Lesotho, stayed in a shack.

Nzimande said Zokwana was happy with his new position as it would afford him the opportunity to pay the cattle herder more.

Deputy chairperson and Public Works minister Thulas Nxesi said the reporting was very petty.

"It's a way of demonising comrade Zokwana because he has only been appointed a minister just last week," said Nxesi.

He asked if the report was based on research or a survey conducted on the wages in the rural homesteads.

"It [reporting] has a political agenda of its own," he added.

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