ANC ‘not micromanaging’ Mokonyane

2011-07-28 14:17

The ANC in Gauteng today dismissed reports that it was trying to “micromanage” premier Nomvula Mokonyane.

“We dismiss the allegations of tensions between the ANC and the premier, and so-called micromanagement of the provincial government, as baseless and false,” said spokesman Dumisa Ntuli.

Tension between Mokonyane and ANC provincial chairman Paul Mashatile dates back to their tussle for chairmanship of the province last year.

Mashatile won the position, reportedly raising concern over two centres of power in the province.

Ntuli was responding to media reports on the relationship between the provincial government and the party.

The Sunday Independent reported that Mokonyane employed the National Intelligence Agency to vet senior managers in her government to fight corruption – this resulted in many senior Gauteng government officials close to Mashatile quitting.

The report said Mokonyane was facing “hostility” within the party as it seemed that she was going out of her way to “purge” officials close to Mashatile.

The vetting test for senior managers included questions on a person’s lifestyle, business links and interests in order to avoid awarding “tenders for pals”.

The paper said the ANC in Gauteng planned to pass a motion of no confidence in Mokonyane at a meeting on Monday.

Ntuli said at the provincial executive committee lekgotla on Monday that the ANC received feedback from the government on its progress in implementing the ANC’s key priorities.

He said the ANC was “satisfied” but “greater effort and attention” was needed to ensure that the government in the province delivered on creating jobs, health, education, infrastructural development and fighting crime.

“The ANC will continue to work closely with and monitor the performance of its government and municipalities on the implementation of the manifesto priorities.

“We shall not apologise for monitoring and evaluating the performance of our cadres,” he said.

He said allegations of tension and micromanagement of the premier were a “cheap publicity stunt” by opposition parties, the DA and Cope.

Ntuli added that vetting senior public servants by security agencies was a “common practice”.

“Those who understand the operations of government know that security vetting of senior civil servants is a common practice by all government departments in South Africa.

“The sections of the media, together with the opposition, have shown both ignorance and cheap politicking by attributing this standard procedure of security vetting of senior government officials to a political agenda of the premier.

“The ANC utterly rejects this failed attempt to sow divisions in our ranks.” 

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