‘Dlamini must go’

2017-03-21 13:02
Cosatu members picket outside the Social Development offices on Monday, calling for the head of Minister Bathabile Dlamini.

Cosatu members picket outside the Social Development offices on Monday, calling for the head of Minister Bathabile Dlamini. (Sabelo Nsele)

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Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini is not off the hook yet.

Calls for her to be axed are still persisting among the ranks of ANC alliance partners, who want her gone amid the social grants saga.

Not even the Constitutional Court judgment has stopped some alliance members from breaking ranks in their calls for her to be fired.

Cosatu members in the province picketed for three hours outside the department’s offices in Mayor’s Walk on Monday.

Dlamini became the butt of jokes, with Cosatu members singing songs with lyrics branding her as a drunkard who cannot think straight.

The union called for those responsible for the Sassa “crisis” to be brought to book.

“The 17 million grant recipients deserve to be treated with dignity and should not be subjected to such bureaucratic arrogance,” said the provincial secretary Edwin Mkhize.

“We understand that the court has issued its judgment but Cosatu still calls for action against the architects of this crisis.”

Mkhize said the ConCourt was given no choice but to extend the illegal CPS contract because grants had to be paid.

“We call on President Jacob Zuma to fire this minister,” he said.

The picket was initially planned to take place outside Sassa offices, however, the union was denied permission to picket outside the offices.
The union said the picket was part of its Human Rights programme.

“We found it befitting to use our Human Rights Day activity to defend and highlight the plight of the poor, whose lives are under threat by the Sassa saga,” said Mkhize.

The picket was also aimed at giving support to Nehawu members who are currently on strike at the department, the union said.

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