ANC, SACP at loggerheads over ex-MEC’s death

2012-05-17 12:09

The ANC and the SA Communist Party in Limpopo are at each other’s throats over the death of former MEC George Phadagi.

This follows comments by Machike Thobejane, the SACP’s coordinator in the province that Premier Cassel Mathale was responsible for Phadagi’s death.

Phadagi, who was the MEC for public works, safety and security until Mathale’s cabinet reshuffle in March, died in a private hospital in Pretoria on Sunday morning.

Thobejane said “we bury people we are not supposed to bury because of the way we treat them. Since he was dumped out of the executive he never enjoyed his life. Employers must have the wellness of employees at heart.

“You can’t tell people that today they have a job and tomorrow they are fired. What do you think happens to them and their families?”

However, the ANC spokesperson in the province, Mathivha Makonde hit back at Thobejane, saying his comments were irresponsible, reckless and immoral.

“You can’t cast such aspersions on the premier. He is not a doctor, he is not a physician. I don’t know if he is a born thrower to be able to make conclusions about the causes of death.

“For any person, other than doctors, to say what led to the death of comrade George is lunacy.”

The ANC in Limpopo and its alliance partners’ relationships have been strained for some time.

The SACP and Cosatu are not happy with Mathale’s administration, claiming that he is clueless about what is happening in the province and is interested in looting government resources.

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