SACP Limpopo Province Media Statement
8 August 2012
The South African Communist Party Provincial Executive Committee held a two day meeting from 4th -5th of August 2012 in Polokwane. The meeting took place against the backdrop of political lectures on the `Significance of 91st Anniversary celebrations of the SACP` that were held in all the five districts on the 28th -29th July 2012.
The SACP PEC seriously reflected on the current challenges facing the Limpopo Provincial Administration. These challenges includes but not limited to the learners` textbook crisis. The lesson drawn from this fiasco is that where the state heavily relies on the tenderpreneurs for the supply of social services like education, health and transport the results are always disastrous. This is even worse in a situation wherein the leader of the Provincial Cabinet the Premier is a renowned tenderpreneur. There can be no further proof that not only has the Mathale Cabinet failed the working class and the poor but that it is long overdue that he must have been be fired as Premier.
Mr. Cassel Mathale has become a national embarrassment to the Tri-Partite Alliance. The placing of five departments under administration in terms of section 100 of the Constitution of the Republic has served to expose the rot that has set in over the three years of the Mathale administration where a laisez-faire approach was adopted when dealing with the finances of the state.
As the SACP PEC we contend that this laisez-faire approach as exposed by the Section 100 intervention was not a mistake but a deliberate ploy to allow the "in-house tenderpreneurs" to loot the state resources with impunity.
The propagated solution to the textbook crisis of removing the Minister of Basic Education while leaving the real culprits as suggested by the lame opposition Democratic Alliance and some elements within the ANC structures in Limpopo, smacks of factionalism and opportunism. Both the DA and its sleeping partners within the ANC in Limpopo are the historic beneficiaries in the business of supplying the textbooks and they are now speaking in one voice defending their turf. A sustainable solution to the textbook crisis is to drive the tenderpreneurs out of the textbook supply equation.
In addition the immediate answer will be the removal of Premier Cassel Mathale and his entire Executive Council because all the mess from Education, to Health and to Treasury occurred with their complicity. Showing further the lack of interest to deal with governance challenges in Limpopo, the Premier decided to take leave when the National Intervention team visited the province last week and he appointed one junior MEC whose department of Treasury is under administration as the Acting Premier.
The SACP PEC reiterated the call for the de-tenderization of the state as a solution to the crisis of looting of the state through tenders that are being awarded to friends who have no capacity to deliver services to the masses of our people. In this connection the SACP PEC in Limpopo will mobilise all the mass democratic formations to embark on an action to stop the outsourcing of security, catering and cleaning services to the effect that these services should be done by permanent staff of the state in all departments and municipalities across the province.
Furthermore, SACP PEC calls on the state to build a manufacturing capacity to render basic services to the working class and the rural poor. This manufacturing capacity should include the permanent employment workers who can manufacture and supply basic things like tissue papers and catering for hospitals and departments, work uniforms and stationery etc. This will become a sustainable way in addressing the huge challenge of unemployment and poverty particularly amongst the women and youth of Limpopo Province.
The SACP PEC has noted Auditor-General`s report on the audit outcomes of municipalities which paint a very bleak picture about the state of the finances in the municipalities in Limpopo. As the SACP we concur with some of the observations made by the AG on why many municipalities do not get clean audits. Lack of capacity cannot continue to be used as an excuse but there must be consequences for those who do not comply with good governance and clean audits in terms of the Public Finance Management Act and Municipal Finance Management Act.
There is a disturbing trend in Limpopo Province where most of the municipalities are the plundering fields for the tenderpreneurs who are connected to the political elite and bureaucrats. The municipalities across Limpopo have become the next target of looting given the fact that key provincial departments are currently placed under administration. The SACP PEC would like to caution municipalities that it is not enough to comply with the MFMA merely for clean audits` sake, but clean audit without delivering better services to the working class and the rural poor communities is as bad as qualified audits. The SACP PEC has observed that some municipalities will compromise service delivery and implementation of key projects that are identified in their IDPs for malicious compliance. As the SACP PEC we believe that if the pursuit for an unqualified audit report is done correctly, it will naturally result in better service delivery since the two are not mutually exclusive.
Accordingly, the SACP PEC developed programme of action that serves as the guiding framework for the implementation of the 6th SACP Provincial Congress resolutions related to service delivery for the working class and the rural poor. In implementing these resolutions and those of the 13th National Congress the SACP in Limpopo will ensure that communists are significantly present in mass organisations and lead by example. To give an impetus to this task the SACP PEC established working commissions in line with SACP programme. The focus of the commissions will be on the economy, workplace, community and ideology as well as international solidarity work.
The SACP in Limpopo will embark on the campaign for the release of political prisoners who are languishing in Inkhosi Mswati`s jails. The SACP in Limpopo will through the Central Committee work with the Communist Party of Swaziland (CPS) and other progressive formations in that country for the release of Amos Mbedzi who hails from Limpopo. There are no prospects of justice being meted out by the courts of that land in so far as Cde Mbedzi`s trial is concerned.
Issued by the SACP Provincial Executive Committee
SACP Provincial Secretary on 072 586 7340