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But just whose side is Masemola on, and if he falls, could the whole house of cards tumble? The province wasn’t sold to Zimbabwe, but it might have well been. purged the province of anyone with ideas of playing things straight.
“Everybody is pussy-footing around this thing,” said Heywood.
Finance minister Pravin Gordhan got a look at the province’s books after five of its departments were placed under administration. Summing them up, Daily Maverick wrote: “It’s R2 billion in the red, can’t pay doctors and teachers’ salaries, and yet some companies are getting paid eight times a month.
Or, as finance minister Pravin Gordhan put it, every-two-and-a-half working days.
Add the ongoing findings of Gordhan’s administration team and things don’t look so good for just about any official in Limpopo.
And as if matters weren’t complicated enough, the department of basic education has stated it has a learner catch-up plan ready, but the South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) has threatened to strike if teachers don’t receive extra remuneration for working evenings and weekends.