Cabinet intervention 'not political'

2011-12-09 07:21

Johannesburg - Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has dismissed the Limpopo ANC Youth League statement that the timing of the placement of five provincial departments under administration was politically driven.

Responding to media questions on Thursday, Gordhan said a delegation was in Limpopo on the basis of concern by national Cabinet to share some of its concerns with the provincial executive.

On Monday, Cabinet announced that the national government would take over the running of five Limpopo departments which were mismanaging their finances.

"The Intervention is in terms of Section 100 (1) B of the Constitution which stated national executive may take responsibility for certain areas if it thinks it necessary, and take appropriate steps to ensure delivery takes placeā€¦" he said.

He said anybody was entitled to speculate because of the democratic process.

On Tuesday, the provincial youth league claimed it was a campaign aimed at terminating Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale's plan to be re-elected in the coming provincial conference.

Mathale is contesting the position of the provincial chairperson with Joe Phaahla, who is the deputy minister of arts and culture.

Gordhan met Mathale and affected MECs in Polokwane to explain why the Cabinet had decided to take control of the departments.

Mathale said the provincial executive would co-operate with Cabinet to ensure that there were sustainable solutions.

  • Deeteem - 2011-12-09 07:43

    Mmmmmm ja, and I am Joan Collins !!

  • Larry - 2011-12-09 07:46

    Its long overdue. Hopefully the administrators wont just carry on, where the Province left off.

  • Marion - 2011-12-09 07:47

    This ridiculous ANCYL cannot see further than politics, internal squabbles and elections. Lift your noses off the ground and see the scenery you twits. Although I personally don't mind if you continue to prove to the youth and the poorest of the poor that self-interest is all that motivates you. They will wake up one day and boot your sorry butts - hard !!

  • Cameronl - 2011-12-09 07:48

    Blah Blah Blah..... I struggle reading articles that are in anyway related to the ANC, I need help translating it cos all I see is crap crap crap crap crap. this is a virus that needs to be erradicated quickly before this country dies from them. @braamc you said it perfectly

  • Juan - 2011-12-09 07:52

    I am becoming more and more convinced that the ANC has become nothing more than one big monstrosity of a crime syndicate. The target - the taxpayers money.

  • Thabang - 2011-12-09 07:58

    ANC as an organisation is ,and will for a long time, remain principled.It is only some twisted individuals who for a long time now ,have been left unchallenged.They became a menace to the employees in the procurement sections of most,if not ALL government departments.They got away with ridiculously inflated prices for services, or lack thereof in these departments.Now is the time for Section 9 institutions to finish these crooks off.Let them go to keep other crooks company in jail!!!

      Ryan - 2011-12-09 08:21

      how many is "some" ? eventually "some" is the whole party

      Larry - 2011-12-09 08:33

      Well said Thabang. While I am no ANC supporter, there are still a few principled individuals that want to do the right thing. They have unfortunately become the victims of their own fear of upsetting the "masses" and are now reaping what they sowed. Unfortunately we have individuals that resort to crassness that is at a level no better than the thugs in the ANCYL and add nothing meaningful or intelligent to this debate.

  • J.D. - 2011-12-09 07:58

    Single cell brains at work here again. Talking against their own party and government. Good.They become more divided by the day.

  • Archie - 2011-12-09 08:15

    Ask Julius where the roads departments money is .On Point has control of 2 billion rand.Cassel Mathale is his big buddy.Lifestyle checks on all ANC/Communist party members in limpopo must be done,in the mean time lock them all up.more than 2000 public works officials are being investigated for massive corruption .Less than 100 got to court.One in hospital(jack Selebi)got convicted. SUGGESTION!Let us draw up a list of known monies that have been corruptly stolen from our taxpayers and publish it on twitter.Include costs like Cheryl Cweles court case/Mc bride, tenderpreneurs, building leases hotel acc.travelgate et al.

  • Piet - 2011-12-09 08:16

    Well now the administrators will get their share of the pie! Nothing will change!

  • Attie - 2011-12-09 08:22

    nothing will stop this monster of corruption as it has gone to far. 50 years or more the majority of people will still be poor. look at africa where some countries got independence in the sixties and the people are are still poor and the top brass still enjoys all the wealth.

      Ibhubesi - 2011-12-09 08:35

      A few things have changed over the last 50 years Attie. Some of us Africans got a bit of education and the Internet has opened up News for a lot more people to read. They can create however many restrictive Information Bills, it won't help them one bit in a new changed electronic Information world. Sure less Africans have access to the Internet, but those that have take this message to the don't haves. It will be a bit more difficult in future for these dictatorships as we know it, including the rubbish that govern us now.

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  • David - 2011-12-09 08:31

    The gravy train stops here........GET OFF!!!!

  • Ben - 2011-12-09 08:34

    If politicians mismanage finances, intervention is political. This of course, links politics with crime.

  • madsipho - 2011-12-09 08:46

    I honestly think Gaddafi was 10 times better than ANC, what a corrupt government we have!

  • tacod - 2011-12-09 08:52

    How is it at all possible for a municipality to go bankrupt? Oh I forgot that the masses voted in the people that do not know what they are doing to spend the moneys paid by the employed residents. As 90% of the council ratepayers demand free electricity, water and housing because they live in informal settlements without contributing a cent to the viscus of the municipality. Not even to mention the fact that most of these individuals currently manning the positions in the municipalities lack the knowhow of their functions, who replaced people that actually knew what they were doing. I spoke to a person the other day that was an account manager at the local municipality and was replaced by a black person that do not have an idea what accounts are all about, just because she is white and for no other reason. It would seem that the ANC government place their members where they can do the most damage to ensure that the status-quo is undermined and that the municipalities crash and burn by design.

  • edwin.netto - 2011-12-09 09:06

    ANCYL are just upset that the Cash Cow is in jeopardy! So the backhands from tender awards might be affected!! Funding of parties and ANCYL Presidents lifestyle is threatened!

  • Cameronl - 2011-12-09 09:42

    well this is what you get when you give a job to incompetent people, you get incompetent results, so the results at the end of the day for putting the AN(bloody)C in power is well lets think about it for a sec, yup you got it....incompetence. Stupidity only breeds more stupidity. All i want for christams is for the whole anc to set up headquaters on robin island, they're crooks so I guess an island that just so happened to be a prison surrounded by sharks would be befitting.

      Cameronl - 2011-12-09 09:43

      sorry thats 'christmas' not 'christams'

  • Fhatuwani - 2011-12-09 10:29

    Oh, really. There are two most corrupt provinces in SA which are Mpumalanga and the Eastern Cape. But no, Msholozi chose to embarass those who differ with him ahead of the Mangaung conference. Is that not a political conspiracy. Shame on you Pravin, how do you allow shower head to send to do PR work when Mac is still a spokesperson. Is this not a calculated move to give credibility to a story by the finance minister. Pravin, when did you realise that the take over is apolitical? Is this how you level the playing field ahead of the conference? We will meet in Mangaung, my broer.

  • mmoledis - 2011-12-09 12:08

    It is clear Mathale and his comrades in Limpopo can not govern, before him there was MR Moloto and others and there was nothing like funds are in short because they can lead, so Mathale is a director of several companies doing business with Limpopo government too, so there is no way he can serve two gods and one was supposed to suffer and unfortunately it was not his business but the government and poor people of Limpopo. So the national government did the right thing to stop that gravy train before it is too late.

  • mmoledis - 2011-12-09 12:15

    ANC youth must concentrate on youth issues and leave governing issues of the country to the mother body of the ANC. So youth league especialy in Limpopo must go to school to be better tomorrow leaders and stop interfering with national government duties,they must learn when to open their mouth and when not, the classes in technical universities and universities, they are empty we need them there if the think they want to rule the country one day. NB! GO AND STUDY ANC YOUTH LEAGUE! GO TO SCHOOL!

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