Sorry, I can't fire ministers: Motlanthe

2012-08-29 18:00
Kgalema Motlanthe (File, GCIS)

Kgalema Motlanthe (File, GCIS)

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Johannesburg - Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe has told MPs the firing of ministers was out of his hands because he was only in Cabinet “by invitation”.

Motlanthe was asked by Cope MP Papi Kganare why Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa wasn’t being sacked for the police’s failure to stem violent protests, including the recent strike at Marikana where 34 miners were killed by police.

“We have no leadership,” Kganare complained.

Motlanthe replied: “Unfortunately I’m only the deputy president, I also serve in the Cabinet by invitation.”

He did not comment on the merits of Kganare’s statement.

Motlanthe also said people had the right to protest, but solving problems using violence was wrong.

Another minister in the MP’s line of fire was Education Minister Angie Motshekga, who was supposed to have answered parliamentary questions after Motlanthe.

The task was, however, left to her deputy Enver Surty because Motshekga was representing South Africa at a congress abroad.

Cope’s Willie Madisha asked if Surty and Motshekga were prepared to step down following government’s failure to deliver textbooks in Limpopo.

“And if they will not, will the presidency ensure that they step down?”

Surty told Madisha to refer this matter to President Jacob Zuma, who was responsible for the appointment of ministers.

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