The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) in the Free State has echoed the South African National Civic Organisation’s (Sanco) sentiments that alliance partners have not been consulted on the provincial cabinet reshuffle.
They say they learned through the media that Premier Sisi Ntombela has made changes to her cabinet.
Cosatu provincial secretary Monyatso Mahlatsi says they are disappointed.
He says the federation will comment further after engaging with the ANC to understand what informed the changes.
“We learnt over the media that there have been changes in the provincial executive of the government of the Free State. We are very disappointed by the agency in particular. Because we have not been informed.”
“We have discussed this [concern] with the ANC previously and there was a commitment that such changes [reshuffle] will never be made without us as the federation being taken into confidence,” says Mahlatsi.
Last week, former Free State African National Congress (ANC) Chairperson Sam Mashinini was fired as MEC for Police, Roads and Transport.
Reports of the cabinet reshuffle have been doing the rounds following a leaked WhatsApp conversation by Ntombela, which painted a picture of strained relations with Mashinini.
Mashinini has been on sick leave for the last three months.
His department’s HOD, Sipho Matakati, was suspended in May for allegedly failing to ensure that road infrastructure projects were properly managed.
The video below is reporting on the reshuffle: