Baloyi ‘clears schedule’ for Samwu

2012-08-08 14:36

Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Richard Baloyi apparently got the message from delegates at the national conference of the South African Municipal Worker’s Union (Samwu) in Bloemfontein.

He apparently rushed to Bloemfontein to address delegates, after the conference yesterday refused to allow Muthotho Sigidi, acting director-general of the department, to address them on behalf of Baloyi.

“Let’s not chase him like a dog, but let’s send the message loud and clear to the minister,” several delegates said during a heated debate.

Arriving in Bloemfontein this morning, Baloyi apologised and said he had sent Sigidi because he could not attend himself.

Baloyi did not just address the conference today, he cleared his schedule for the rest of the day to answer questions from delegates during their break-away sessions, said Ntokozo Nzuza, Samwu’s deputy-president. He said the conference accepted Baloyi’s apology.

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