Moratorium 'puts delivery on hold'
The New Vision Party has condemned the moratorium on the hiring of senior officials and non-issuing of contracts in Limpopo until after the general elections next year.
"The ANC cannot stop service delivery until 2009," NVP leader Ike Kekana said yesterday.
He said the NVP was "shocked and paralysed" that the ANC and its alliance were holding people of the province hostage.
Kekana said the ANC should distinguish between the government and the party.
"If government departments cannot issue contracts and hire senior officials, why is the ANC not just going on and calling for early elections to stop this embarrassing situation?"
He said the NVP had suggested the idea shortly after the ANC national conference in Polokwane in December "but no one listened".
"If the ANC cannot trust its own premier and senior officials in government, why don't they force him to resign as they did in Western and Eastern Cape
"Why don't they replace him with Cassel Mathale now so that Mathale can continue with government business?"
The ANC resolved during its provincial conference at the University of Venda last month that the hiring of senior officials and issuing of contracts must be stalled until after the elections.
Joe Maswanganyi, ANC provincial secretary, said the conference had not taken the resolutions based on suspicions.
He said the call by the NVP was unfounded in that the decisions were based on scientific evidence.
More money was being spent on hiring buildings and compensation of various kinds than on service delivery.
"We have also requested Premier Sello Moloto and his MECs to compile a service delivery report in order for us to review the role played by so many managers," Maswanganyi said.