COSATU’s National Spokesperson, Sizwe Pamla, issued a press statement on Wednesday, 31 October 2018 calling for the firing of Minister Malusi Gigaba who the Trade Union sees as a “liability” and an “embarrassment” to the ANC and the government in general.
COSATU went on to state that, “The African National Congress has an image and credibility problem and if it is to rehabilitate its image in the eyes of South Africans, it needs to be decisive in dealing with people of disreputable character.” “President Cyril Ramaphosa needs to ensure that his cabinet is full of properly adjusted people, who understand that they are not there to serve themselves and their friends but serve the nation. He cannot afford to continue to incubate people who are contemptuous of the rule of law,” the Union concluded.
The organisation then went onto allege that many of the ANC members are corrupt, ineffective and without experience. They called on Ramaphosa to stop putting out fires on behalf of the ANC’s ministers, and to be consistent in his actions against those implicated.
These not-so-endearing characterisations of the Minister of Public Enterprises are based on a report by Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane which alleges that Gigaba lied under oath.
According to COSATU, this proves that Gigaba not only “violated the executive ethics code, but also the Constitution.”