Limpopo Cosatu calls for provincial cabinet reshuffle

2015-09-18 12:13
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Labour federation Cosatu’s branch in Limpopo is pushing for at least four Limpopo government MECs to be booted out of office.

Cosatu this week said these MECs, who were not named, were “not equal to the task” and it is set to lobby Premier Stan Mathabatha and the ANC to reshuffle the provincial cabinet.

Cosatu forms part of the ANC’s campaign machinery during elections. In return, the ANC has deployed some of Cosatu’s leaders in government posts.

Cosatu’s secretary in Limpopo, Gerald Twala, said this week that the trade union federation would await the conclusion of discussions with Mathabatha and the ANC in the province before making the names of the targeted MECs public.

“These MECs are absent in their work. We think that they are weak,” said Twala.

He would only say that the affected MECs were in both the economic and social clusters of the provincial government.

Twala said the names of the departments with serious weaknesses were “a matter of public knowledge to the people of Limpopo”.

“We have strict orders not to mention the names because doing that will create friction,” he said.

A source in the ANC in Limpopo said it was likely that Cosatu was referring to Transport MEC Mapula Mokaba-Phukwana, Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs MEC Makoma Grace Makhurupetje, Education MEC Ishmael Kgetjepe and Public Works MEC Jerry Ndou.

Twala also said that the ANC in Limpopo had not being taking Cosatu on board in terms of major political decisions recently.

He cited as an example attempts by the ANC to recall the speaker in the provincial legislature, saying that the federation only heard about the matter in the media.

Twala said that in the last cabinet reshuffle in May, Cosatu was also not informed.

“The alliance must be involved,” he said.
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