SACP Limpopo Provincial Executive Committee statement
15 March 2017
The South African Communist Party (SACP) in Limpopo has held its ordinary PEC (Provincial Executive Committee) meeting on Sunday, 12 March 2017. The meeting reaffirmed our quest to continue building the Party as an independent political formation.
Social grants crisis
The SACP expresses its dismay to the delays occasioned by the Department of Social Development and South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) to speedily remedy problems relating to payment of Social Grants as directed by the Constitutional Court on 29 November 2013 in Allpay case. Para 98 of the judgment ordered SASSA to furnish the Court with submissions relating to:
"Time and steps necessary, and costs likely to be incurred, in the implementation of a new system after the tender process is completed" (per. Froneman, J.).
We believe that payment of social grants is the main function of SASSA. The delays or failure by SASSA to explain how the social grants will be paid to this day with effect from 1 April 2017 is materially concerning. There has been a deliberate attempt to delay resolution of SASSA`s contract with the service provider to ensure that the moment of uncertainty as is now arrives.
Failing to plan means planning to fail!
We call on the Department of Social Development and South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) to live up to the commitment made in ensuring that the social grants are LAWFULLY paid to millions of the beneficiaries next month and put together a forward planning to avoid recurrence of the ongoing crisis in the future. In the same vein, we support the call by COSATU for, and we will call on our Political Bureau or Central Committee, whichever will convene first, to call on Minister Bathabile Dlamini to step down or the President to dismiss her if she does not resign voluntarily.
Public Protector`s report on MEC Mokaba
We have taken notice of the 69 paged Report of the Public Protector dated 3 February 2017. In terms of Section 182(1)(b) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 and Section 81(1) of the Public Protector Act 23 of 1994 entitled:
"Investigation into allegations of maladministration and contravention of the Executive Members Ethics Act 82 of 1998 by a member of the Executive Council of the Department of Transport, Safety and Liaison, Limpopo, the Hon Ms Mapula Mokaba-Phukwana (MPLs)".
We call on the Premier of the Limpopo Province to implement the Public Protector`s Report, including Paragraph 8.1.1 which reads:
"The Premier of Limpopo Provincial Government must consider taking appropriate disciplinary action against MEC Mokaba-Phukwana with regard to her conduct as outlined in the findings".
The Premier, in terms of Paragraph 9.1 of the Public Protector`s Report, has been given 30 days from the date of receipt of the Report to submit implementation plan on how the remedial action will be implemented under paragraph 8.1. Inaction in this regard, will have far reaching consequences on the Premier himself.
Land and agrarian transformation
There has been very minimal headway on land and agrarian transformation. There is limited access to land. This is evidenced by tenure insecurity especially in the rural areas (i.e. lack title deeds) as well as arbitrary sale of land in the townships. Land redistribution is guided by law. This includes, but is not restricted to, the following: Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act 16 of 2013; Interim Protection of Informal Land Rights Act 31 of 1996 (IPILRA); and Prevention of Illegal Eviction From and Unlawful Occupation 19 of 1998 (PIE).
The SACP calls for convening of a Provincial Land Summit to critically examine the land question and the constraints it imposes on our quest advance the second radical phase of the National Democratic Revolution (NDR). The SACP in the province will make the land question a priority campaign. We undertake to work and engage with all interested stakeholders and experts in the area to find a lasting solution.
Banks and other financial institutions must serve the people and comply with their corporate social responsibilities and transformation commitments.
We call on the speedy implementation of the imperative to transform and equip the Post Bank and build and expand state banks to serve the development needs of our people. We will undertake joint financial sector campaigns with among others COSATU in Limpopo in pursuit of transformation of financial sector.
Political interference in municipalities
In terms of the law, the positions of the Municipal Manager and Manager Directly Accountable to Municipal Manager must be advertised. In an affirmative or imperative way, the law requires that the Municipal Council MUST appoint a suitable person to act. The law nevertheless permits municipal councils to engage the MEC responsible for local government to second a person to act until the advertised position is filled.
The law clearly vests appointment powers in the municipal council, not in the MEC. It was for this reason that two related appointments that were recommended by the MEC were set aside by the courts. The Act makes the role of the MEC in these appointments residual. For us, continuing appointments and/or unlawful secondment of senior managers to municipalities by the MEC for local government amount to imprudent and unwarranted political interference.
We call on the MEC for local government to desist from unwarranted and untenable political interference in municipalities with reference to appointment of senior managers.
Imbizos/di-Piitso - Public consultative forums
The SACP has conducted the Izimbizo/di-Piitso throughout the Limpopo Province. The overarching issues emerging from the meetings are noteworthy:
- radical transformation of the economy should be based structural and systemic transformation and addressing unemployment, inequalities and poverty;
- the SACP`s electoral considerations;
- Party should be in the forefront of service delivery transformation an provision;
- The convening of a National Consultative Conference by the ANC, if not by the ANC-headed Alliance or by the SACP.
The SACP in Limpopo Province will take these issues with the Political Bureau and the Central Committee of our Party.
Issued by the SACP Limpopo Province
Gilbert Kganyago - Provincial Secretary
Mobile: 082 609 0551
Machike Thobejane - SACP Provincial Spokesperson
Mobile: 082 307 0095