The provincial wing of Cosatu has advised Premier Hazel Jenkins to desist from “pulling the cabinet to court” when John Block, the MEC for economic development and finance, appears on charges unrelated to his work as MEC.
“If Premier Jenkins indeed respects the rule of law she must refrain from that behaviour as it portrays her as someone who does not respect an institution of the same government that she is serving,” said Cosatu provincial secretary Anele Gxoyiya.
He was addressing the media after Cosatu held its first provincial executive committee meeting of the year in Kimberley last week.
“This is setting a precedent that they will never be able to sustain, as public servants can also do the same if one of them is appearing in court for any allegations of crime. If they so wish to leave their posts during the case, let them do so by taking unpaid leave so that an acting cabinet can be appointed to continue with government work.”
Gxoyiya said the federation took offence to the use of the slogan “an injury to one is an injury to all” by any of their alliance partners on inappropriate platforms as this vulgarised the Cosatu slogan.
He was referring to Block, who, after his trial last year together with his co-accused was postponed to later this year, said: “I want to thank you all for supporting me in this trying times, an injury to one is an injury to all.”
Gxoyiya said they would call for a bilateral meeting with the ANC in the next two weeks to make an assessment of the performance of the provincial government as well as progress on the implementation of the resolutions of the alliance summit and the alliance’s economic summit
“We view the calls for the reshuffling of the cabinet as opportunistic and smacking of malice, since there has been no proper assessment made at any level to come to that conclusion,” he said.
Gxoyiya called on all the members of the alliance to be loyal to organisational principles and not to individuals, and to maintain high levels of discipline.