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Underspending by Eastern Cape Government

29-11-07

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) in the Eastern Cape wishes to express its disappointment in the manner in which the Provincial Government is failing to spend resources allocated for service delivery purposes.

The failure of the Department of Education, Health and Housing to spend their allocated budgets is an indication of serious capacity issues, and the absence of political will on the part of the political leadership to deal with these matters.

The Eastern Cape Province is one of the poorest Provinces in our country, a Province where you have learners learning under the trees, a province deteriorating, and a province where housing backlog remains a challenge.

The socio-economic rights in our Bill of rights invite all state organs, the Private Sector and Civil Society to give substantive content to the core constitutional values of human dignity, equality and freedom. These rights remind us that human dignity, e quality and freedom are compromised when people are deprived of the essentials for survival, such as Health, Education and shelter over their heads.

We therefore call upon the Premier of the Province to intervene in this matter and address both political and administrative capacity of the provincial administration.

For further clarity contact Xola Pakati - 0827526504

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