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'Spats erode public confidence in its government'

Paul Mashatile warned against "vicious and combative public spat" between the ANC, Cosatu and the SACP.

ANC Gauteng chairperson Paul Mashatile . Picture: Taurai Maduna/Eyewitness News
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PRETORIA - ANC Gauteng chairperson Paul Mashatile on Friday warned against "vicious and combative public spat" between the ruling party and the labour movement.

He was speaking at the start of a provincial policy conference in eastern Pretoria.

Mashatile told delegates the ANC and its alliance partners, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and the South African Communist Party (SACP), must avoid public spats.

“These public spats have potential to erode public confidence in the ability of the ANC government to govern effectively.”

The tripartite alliance partners have disagreed heavily on several issues, including that of the Youth Wage Subsidy and e-tolling, in recent months. 

The chairperson then turned his attention to the Democratic Alliance and said the opposition party has been abusing the courts to undermine government’s decisions.

“In response, we must strengthen the capacity of government to translate policy into effective legislation,” he said.

Mashatile urged delegates to spend the weekend discussing policy issues without fear or favour.

(Edited by Thato Motaung)

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