Media Statements

Minister Dlamini Zuma’s Response to the Press Statement Issued by MAWUSA

The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has noted with concern – a malicious attack in the form of a press statement by Maanda-Ashu Workers Union of South Africa (MAWUSA). They are deliberately peddling lies about the Minister and making outrageous and unfounded statements which we reject with the contempt they deserve.

The Minister takes exception to these aspersions cast in her name. The allegations made by this Union are clearly meant to discredit the Minister and discount the work she is doing to turn around the department, especially the Community Work Programme (CWP).

It is common knowledge that Minister does not and has never interfered with the procurement processes of the departments under the Ministry of CoGTA as that is the responsibility of respective accounting officers.

We view these malicious allegations as part of a long-running effort to attack the credibility of Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma. We trust that the union will publicly withdraw and apologise for the false information they released through their media statement.

We, therefore, ask the union not to allow itself to be used to fight political battles in the name of CWP participants.

The Union leaders must raise whatever issues they may have regarding the CWP and the procurement processes related to it with the accounting officer concerned.

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