|Premier should step down, SACP says|
POLOKWANE - The South African Communist Party in Limpopo has called for the premier Cassel Mathale and his administration to step down due to maladministration and corruption that led to parliament placing five key provincial departments under administration.
The SACP made this call at a press conference at the Miami Lodge in Polokwane on Tuesday.
SACP provincial secretary, Gilbert Kganyago, said the province was bankrupt because "the money goes to business partners in the form of tenders".
Kganyago said this can't only be the consequences of reckless expenditure and failure to prioritise on spending in terms of service delivery to the working class and the poor who are in dire need of socio-economic upliftment and development, but a pattern of state tender cronyism which is rife and endemic in the province.
"Social services such as health, welfare, education and roads and transport infrastructures are in a state of shambles. The quality of services provided by the private companies is below standard in a number of instances. Road infrastructure that was built within a short space of time is already disintegrating and in a dilapidated state. Some government buildings are no exception and repeated maintenance comes at a huge cost to the state financial resources," he said.
"The unscrupulous tendency of overpricing of outsourced services through the supply chain management processes is indicative of untrammeled forms of collusion practices between the private suppliers and government officials who in most instances are linked to the provincial executive council members and their sleeping business partners.
"The revelations about On- Point Engineering Company, a prime contributor to the Ratanang Trust belonging to the suspended ANCYL president, which is raking in millions of rand from the department of roads and transport, is a glaring case of these unholy linkages between rogue politicians and greedy business partners.
"Our suggestion is there must be de-tenderisation of the state, an end to private outsourcing of government services such as security and cleaning, a review of the private public partnership as a model of procurement and that it be replaced by cooperatives as a model of local economic empowerment and development. There should be a practical realisation and implementation of expanded public works programmes to enhance employment and fight poverty," he said.
"We call upon the people of Limpopo to support the ANC led government and isolate a tiny group of a parasitic bureaucratic capitalist class who have self-styled themselves as the new champions of socio-economic freedom. We salute the multitudes of people who participated in the numerous anti-corruption protest marches in Limpopo and more are still coming on the 9th and 13th December this year in Mopani (Giyani) and Polokwane," said Kganyago.
• The ANCYL Limpopo spokesperson, Che Selane said the league perceives as suspicious the timing of national government's decision to place five Limpopo provincial government departments "under administration".
"We believe that this action is intended to politically blackball the leadership of Cassel Mathale, especially in the face of recent overwhelming branch level nomination of Mathale to re-emerge as Limpopo chairperson of the ANC," said Selane.
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