Cosatu asks protector to probe MEC

2011-07-11 20:15

Cape Town - Cosatu has asked the public protector to investigate the 2009 appointment of Western Cape Education MEC Donald Grant as a case of "corrupt cadre deployment" by the Democratic Alliance, provincial secretary Tony Ehrenreich said on Monday.

"This is a clear indication of cadre appointments gone wrong, where people are appointed for political favours, and have no experience in the area and demonstrate an astonishing level of incompetence after two years in the position," Ehrenreich, an ANC city councillor, said.

He added that by giving Grant the job, Premier Helen Zille had put at risk the future of school pupils in the province, particularly those in poor township schools.

Grant had failed to formulate a policy that would ensure more teachers were deployed in townships and done nothing to tackle poor learner results in the province, he said.

Nor had the MEC considered "the disastrous impact" of budget cuts on special needs schools that resulted in transport becoming the sole responsibility of parents, disadvantaging the poor.

Ehrenreich said Grant had acknowledged that "he knew nothing about education" when he was appointed to Zille's provincial cabinet two years ago and had apparently done nothing to remedy the situation.

"The public protector should investigate whether he is a suitably fit person for the job," he said.

If not, he added, she should order the provincial government to appoint a competent MEC to the position "so that the mismanagement of education can be reversed."

Ehrenreich said he would encourage colleagues in Cosatu to take similar steps against incompetent MECs in other provinces, regardless of party affiliation.

  • Ian - 2011-07-11 20:23

    Ha, bloody Ha. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. That's what his lot have been doing for years.

      Schalk - 2011-07-11 23:19

      Indeed. This is right up there on the moron-o-meter with the ANCYL labeling anyone opposing their infantile views as a racist.

  • Biko Lives - 2011-07-11 20:27

    Jobs for pals and political favours is the policy of the DA!! Look at Patricia De Lille their example of a person who is fit for purpose!! She sold her party and constituency for a cushy job for a song!!

      Gotterdammerung - 2011-07-11 20:31

      You're a braindead moron on this forum as well

      Ian - 2011-07-11 20:35


      EDI2000 - 2011-07-11 20:37

      Correct me if I'm wronge but I'm almost 100% positive that the WC has had the highest matric pass rate in the whole country for a number of years now.

      shame - 2011-07-11 20:59

      Biko lives COOL = so youre a ghost too? Still old story lets burn down and break down What did biko or you do that was positive or have to show what you have build.

      thinker - 2011-07-11 21:19

      lets add the Eastern Cape as well....even Zuma is helping out here

      matsitso - 2011-07-11 21:52

      obviously you are brain dead. wonder what accident were u involved in

      Vlooi - 2011-07-11 22:02

      The singing blond is Patricia Lewis, what are you on about?

      CamsComment - 2011-07-11 22:24

      Ef you biko!

  • Gotterdammerung - 2011-07-11 20:35

    Can somebody please put this Ehrenreich twit out of our misery. When this simian wannabe opens his trap he is an embarrasment for every thinking SAn He has made so many political gaffs it is just not funny and whilst trying to convince the people that he is pro-poor he goes for medical attention at a private hospotal end then goes and rests up at his beach house Hey Tony, have you ever apologised to the farmers in the WC after your little idiotic display of cerebral paralysis which turned out to be exactly that - your cerebral paralysis?...Thought not

      Doublepost - 2011-07-11 21:59

      No, he has never apologized for his outburst against those White farmers. He, by the way, called for violence against them. Even though the coloured lady who tried to get them convicted of rape was a liar and a cheat. Not one person in the ANC has ever apologised, nor as the PUBLIC ever apologized to these farmers, after everyone and sundry jumped on the hate Whitey, especially those farmers, bandwagon. Hypocrisy is rife in Mr Ehrenreich! Everything he says is wrong with the DA you can be sure he is doing the exact same thing. He simply wants to be in power, no matter the cost, even if the ANC is proven to be worse he will still judge the DA to a much higher standard.

  • Slapper - 2011-07-11 20:35

    This guy has to be smoking something strong. Every ANC cadre in every position was put there because of political patronage and never, ever because of ability.

  • rickeydc - 2011-07-11 20:35

    Hahahahahahahahahaha!!!! Somebody, please tell me, is this a joke???? And I suppose all the ANC deployments and appointments have been made according to the book???? Oh what a laugh... seriously...

  • Lump of coal - 2011-07-11 20:38

    Why not probe Cosatu for employing the idiots they do !!! These clowns couldnt run a tap properly and as for Tony ...... lets try be nice and rather say nothing !!

  • Sean - 2011-07-11 20:40

    This is rich coming from you, I hope that you now call for public protector to investigate all of the ANC "cadre" deployments... Earlier today on Mweb, there was a report on the level of education amongst the grade 3 learners, and guess what dipstick, Western Province was way above the national averages, goes to show you that you are barking up the wrong tree...

  • Lydon - 2011-07-11 20:41

    Seriously dude...shut up already. We're sick of your incessant, baseless whining.

  • StephanM - 2011-07-11 20:44


  • Bill - 2011-07-11 20:48

    What a frigging jackass! This is a really cheap shot....!

  • Masepa - 2011-07-11 20:54

    Madam is running western cape down the toilet

      Sean - 2011-07-11 20:57

      Please stick your head down the toilet and FLUSH!!!!

      GTA_Lad - 2011-07-11 21:12

      And your cattle boy is doing the same to the rest of the country

      Macho Mike - 2011-07-11 21:22

      Eish, but the by-product of the toilet, namely cr*p, was created in excellent, fine style by the ANC.

      Vlooi - 2011-07-11 21:53

      The problems are in the EASTERN Cape - dwis. Can't get f-all right.

      CamsComment - 2011-07-11 22:24

      Ef you masepa!

      Other Justin - 2011-07-12 11:00

      LOL! That is rich comming from a cANCer supporter! The cANCer are KILLING the entire country. Open your stupid eyes and stop swallowing the cr@p that flows freely out of your stinking rich tendertrepreneurs mouths. You are truly just another blind BaaaaBaaaa sheep (sorry if I am insulting sheep).

      E.Nuff - 2011-07-12 14:32

      After you've done your shivambu, remember to wipe your malema!

  • Bluemas - 2011-07-11 20:57

    All political parties are corrupt, DA(Darkies Aside) included

  • Newsferret - 2011-07-11 20:58

    Just listen who is talking!!

  • euro-african - 2011-07-11 21:00

    WC has the best pass rate in the country. I think the anc could learn a thing or two from this guy as he is obviously leagues ahead of the rest of the country. The worst the DA can produce is still far better then the best the anc can produce.

  • Yankee - 2011-07-11 21:04

    Tony Ehrenreich,I cannot explain how happy i am that the DA haunts every minute of your day. I hope that you have your dreams in blue and white. A day doesn't go by that you don't trash someone in the best managed, best governed and best province to reside in, in the whole of South Africa. JP Smith of the DA called you a "hot-air balloon" but we can all understand how you must be feeling after your pathetically POOR campaign for the mayorship of Cape Town. We bestow on you the title of "POOR MAYOR". Ever notice how Helen Zille ignores you like she does Malema. It must be difficult to feel so unwanted.

      Sean - 2011-07-11 21:12

      Well said

      Other Justin - 2011-07-12 11:02

      LOL! Couldn't agree more.

  • Pacifist - 2011-07-11 21:37

    that's the beauty of opposition. To make the DA use all the best it has. It's another opportunity to justify why it should have more votes next time! Just because the DA is the biggest opposition to the ANC doesn't mean it doesn't have corrupt members. Let's leave emotions aside and be objective. I say check the guy out and if you can find a better one, good for us. I don't think that's the only guy the DA has that will do a good job without compromising the party's objectives!

  • Bok Fan - 2011-07-11 21:40

    I am sure Mr Grant would welcome such an investigation. The only question is the anc's appetite for fingerpointing seeing how badly the toilet debacle left them in the stink.

      croix - 2011-07-12 01:30

      Love that "left them in the stink" - bit. Haaaahahaha!! As for Tony the Tiger - shut up moron! You are embarrassing SA.

  • Mad Dog - 2011-07-11 21:47

    Ha! Frigging Ha! (to put it mildly!

  • CamsComment - 2011-07-11 22:23

    Ef you tony and cosatu!

  • Juliarse - 2011-07-12 09:41

    somebody please probe Tony.... preferably with 10 inches. Know what i mean, nudge, nudge, wink, wink!

  • Other Justin - 2011-07-12 10:50

    Tony the confused pony. Almost ALL of the cANCer run provinces portfolios are run by complete incompetents and this has been going on now for 17 years. Take the LOG out of your cANCer eye before you worry about the splinter in the DA eye! This guy is such a cANCer puppet. Shame.

  • Badballie - 2011-07-12 13:59

    Ehrenreich, now why does the sound of that name leave a bad taste in my mouth........oh yea that's right another right wing commie

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