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We're tired of your lies, ministers told

By unknown | Mar 15, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

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A member of the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) told cabinet ministers and other senior government officials yesterday that they "deserved to be removed" from their leadership positions.

Themba Mnisi told the government leaders that people were tired of being lied to.

Mnisi, who said he was speaking on behalf of the members of his ANCYL branch, was among the young people who slammed the government during the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) session in Sebokeng, in the Vaal, yesterday.

The Minister in the Presidency Essop Pahad, and the Minister of Sport, Makhenkesi Stofile, were among the members of parliament and of the Gauteng legislature who attended yesterday's session of the council.

It ends tomorrow with a speech by Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.

Mnisi said: "People are sick and tired of lies. We will remove all of you from office. You do not seem to know the hardship we are going through. Where is the freedom we fought for?

"To show that we are sick and tired of being misled, in another time you would have been beaten. You know that you should build clinics, tar roads and electrify our houses."

Before taking his seat, and to loud applause from the public in the packed council chamber, Mnisi told the MPs: "You will see what we are capable of if people's expectations are not met."

Mnisi's outburst came during question time, when the public is allowed to interrogate the political bosses.

A visibly irritated Pahad said: "You can demonstrate and make demands, but do that within the law. The government's policy is correct, but clearly there is something wrong with its implementation and the way we communicate the policy."

Pahad said it was disturbing that the people of Sebokeng, an urban area, did not know about the services offered by the government.

"When we formulated the policy we consulted communities. There is nothing we have done without consultation.

"There are ANC constituency offices all over the country, and every member of the ANC in parliament has been allocated a constituency - go find that office.

"If you do not like the ANC, go and find another political party," Pahad said.


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