30 January 2013

South Africa: Cosatu North West Condemns the Closure of Public Institutions

The Congress of South African Trade Unions in North West has learned with disappointment about the closure of Reamogetswe Secure care centre and the intended closure of Sonop old age home.

This closure comes and the time where there is a serious lack of resource for service delivery and the auditor general has raised a concern around the use of private consultants, while the public servant are available to do the same work.

Today, COSATU NW has learned that Reamogetswe has been closed for the past six months while the youth which is supposed to be placed in the institution is transferred to a private institution called BOSASA and workers stay idle for the whole day and collect salaries at the end of the month.

It is also disappointing that our government continues with privatizing the state assets without consulting our members with their unions, this is a clear attitude of undermining the unions as they normally do.

We call on all workers to remain at the centre until the matter is formally communicated and discussed with their unions.

The state has also left the buildings of Sonop home to dilapidate so that they can use that as a motivation for the closure of the home.

What we have noticed is that this outsourcing of services to the private companies goes together with corruption and state money is siphoned into the pockets of some individuals who collude with the private companies.

As we condemn the closure of this institution and demand that they should be reopened and staffed properly and that those who advised the MEC be investigated on their relationship with the private companies.

Tomorrow, the Provincial Secretary of COSATU North West, comrade Solly Phetoe will visit the institutions together with the MEC of Social Developments, to assess the situation and address workers.

The visit will take place at 15H00 on the 31 January 2013 at Sonopo [Brits].

Media is invited to expose what we saying as workers and to see how our old people are treated by our own government.

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