Cosatu labels Hlaudi issue a leadership problem

FILE PICTURE: Cosatu President  Sdumo Dlamini. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

FILE PICTURE: Cosatu President Sdumo Dlamini. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

The issue involving embattled SABC chief operating officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng, signals a serious leadership problem at the public broadcaster, Cosatu president S’dumo Dlamini said.

Speaking in Johannesburg yesterday, Dlamini said Cosatu has been monitoring the situation at the public broadcaster.

“We have noted a discussion in this last central executive committee (CEC), and my comment is that the SABC matter relating to the COO is a matter that leadership at the public broadcaster completely failed to handle and one wonders why is this matter so difficult to resolve.

“Cosatu can only say leaders must lead … it shows that there is no leadership when you hear a COO says in public that he did not increase his own salary, or he did not employ himself as he was headhunted by the SABC,” said Dlamini, adding Motsoeneng’s responses put the whole issue back to the leadership.

Motsoeneng was implicated in the public protector’s report on maladministration, abuse of power at the SABC, hiking his multi-million-rand salary three times in one year, purging senior SABC staff and lying about having matric.

Cosatu held a two-day central executive committee meeting which discussed a range of issues, which included campaigning for the ANC ahead of next year’s local government elections as well as ways to deal with the appeals by Numsa and expelled general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi. Dlamini said campaigning for the ANC did not mean shying away from the e-tolls issue.

Addressing journalists, Dlamini said they will encourage members of the public to vote for the ANC based on what the party has done and its promises for the future. “However we will not shy away from the fact that they are not scrapping the e-tolls.

“Previously we have said that even if they were to reduce the e-tolls down to one cent, we will object to that system,” he said. Dlamini also spoke about those who are hellbent on seeing a split in Cosatu.

“Those people have been hoping that this federation will split, but that did not happen.

“Every week we hear about people launching new unions,” he said.

Acting Cosatu general secretary, Bheki Ntshalintshali said most fights within unions were as a result of battles for power between general secretaries and presidents. Meanwhile, Cosatu’s CEC also reiterated its opposition to the reactionary role that is being played by the National Treasury in frustrating the implementation of the ANC’s progressive resolutions.

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