Saturday, August 29, 2009

Cosatu slams premier’s overseas trip

By Ofentse Mokae
29 August 2009

The Congress of South Africa Trade Unions in the Western Cape has slammed Premier Helen Zille’s trip to Germany.

Cosatu’s Tony Ehrenreich alleges that the trip will include a visit to family there.

He wants to know whether taxpayers are footing the bill.

Ehrenreich says there is a huge crisis in the Western Cape, but doesn’t spell out what it is.

Cosatu has called on the Public Protector to investigate what it regards an unauthorized expenditure by the office of the premier.

Meanwhile the union yesterday backed off its demand that Premier Helen Zille reconstruct her male male-dominated cabinet in the Equality Court.

Ehrenreich says Zille’s legal team were scheduled to sit down for talks on an out-of-court settlement.

Ehrenreich laid a complaint with the court after Zille appointed 10 men and no women other than herself to her cabinet in May.

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