Act against Faith Mazibuko – COSATU Gauteng

Federation says her outburst is a reflection of the abuse of workers by political deployees on a daily basis

COSATU Gauteng calls on ANC Chairperson David Makhura to act against MEC of Sports and Recreation, Faith Mazibuko

14 March 2019

COSATU in Gauteng is dismayed by the outburst by the MEC of Sports and Recreation, Faith Mazibuko. That outburst is a reflection of the abuse of workers by political deployees on a daily basis. Workers are intimidated for refusing to do the wrong things. It was wrong, childish and foolish by the MEC to even threaten to expel those who are serving the people of Gauteng with integrity.

This kind of behaviour is the order of the day in the workplace. The Mayor of Sedibeng has also expelled eight workers for doing nothing wrong, without following disciplinary processes. Some MECs have even gone to threaten workers that they would dismiss them through SMS. It is also unfortunate that this kind of behaviour is displayed in the middle of an election campaign, where members and leaders of COSATU are campaigning for the victory of ANC.

Much as the MEC has apologized for her outburst and the pronouncement by the ANC in Gauteng to subject her to the integrity committee, we are also making a call that such reckless and childish MECs should be removed from the list of candidates to the legislature and parliament.

COSATU in Gauteng will seek an audience with the leadership of the ANC to be briefed about the steps taken by the Chairperson of the ANC, David Makhura both in his capacity as the chairperson and the Premier. We will further discuss with them the unprocedural dismissal of eight workers by the Mayor of Sedibeng District Municipality. We view the actions of the MEC and the Mayor as a provocation to workers in the eve of the elections and we will not allow such naked abuse of power.

Issued by Dumisani Dakile, Provincial Secretary, COSATU, 14 March 2019