No-show minister's substitute sent packing

2012-08-07 21:53

Bloemfontein - A government official representing Co-operative Governance Minister Richard Baloyi was sent packing at the national congress of the SA Municipal Workers Union on Tuesday.

Baloyi had been expected to address delegates to Samwu's national conference, but instead sent director general Charles Nwaila.

The minister’s absence created debate from the floor, after the programme announcer wanted to give Nwaila a chance to deliver the minister’s message.

She wanted to release Nwaila, who had other engagements for the day.

"We feel much undermined by the minister. The DG? Release him with pleasure," a delegate suggested.

The comment was supported by delegates from various provinces, who indicated the congress did not want to be addressed by an official.

Delegates wanted Baloyi himself to respond to some specific questions.

Some delegates felt Baloyi had squandered his opportunity to speak to workers and should not be accommodated during the four-day congress.

"It’s a slap in the face," said a delegate, who also submitted Baloyi's behaviour was equal to workers' treatment inside the tripartite alliance.

No decision was taken as to whether Baloyi would be welcomed at the congress at a later date.

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-08-07 22:07

    We're not impressed by the cries of 'unacceptable', 'slap in the face'. You're not special. You're all employees of the citizens of South Africa and you disrespect your pledge to serve every single day.

      foxiloxi - 2012-08-07 22:16

      foxiloxi - 2012-08-07 22:18


      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-08-07 22:32

      foxi - having a paroxysm?

      rob.gunning.1 - 2012-08-08 10:36

      I agree with foxiloxi.

  • Erna - 2012-08-07 22:47

    The minister was playing in the snow.

      mpfanisto.makatu - 2012-08-08 07:53

      Lol.... Probably with Jackie!

  • sakhi.TheNextKent.dlala - 2012-08-07 22:54

    he should 'apologise'

  • tommo.too - 2012-08-07 23:24

    Good for them. The workers now open their eyes and see they are actually worth zilch in the eyes of the ANC. The ANC just doesn't care.

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-08-08 03:50

    How arrogant !! Voters of SA unite and lets get rid of the thoroughly corrupt ANC !!

  • tw2066 - 2012-08-08 05:50

    We feel much undermined by the ANC - (referring to the NON ANC MEMBERS)YOU referring to the 60% of the wekas who voted for the ANC, deserve that slap in the face - for being stoopid. You deserve the ANC you voted for so stop complaining

  • nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-08-08 07:32

    he is too important to do his job, lol

  • Warwick - 2012-08-08 08:30

    Fearful?, there will come a day when not even these arrogant fools will be protected by their bodyguards. The peoples anger will become so overwhelming that they will never be able to hide from all their empty promises over the last 18 years. When has the blame game and promises ever put food in a families stomach. My friends, look how well fed our public servants are, look at their smart cars with tinted windows and their afluent houses with their children in private schools snd private health care and then look at your shack and hungry children and ask yourself, "How much longer can we survive on promises"

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-08-08 10:04

    About time somebody told these arrogant lot who think they are too busy to busy to do their job. These ministers and mec's lack manner and respect for the people they deal with. They all have swollen heads and believe they are better than anyone else....Arrongant to say the least.

  • ndou.miranda - 2012-08-08 13:19

    Minister of basic education should be next (Angie.

  • tgif.wtfaw - 2012-08-08 14:14

    Should have used the driver from Mpumalanga 235 Kms per hour would have made sure you are on time D dubble nol 5 !

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