Motshwarakgole in hot soup for endorsing Masisi

Motshwarakgole
Motshwarakgole

The ongoing power struggle at one of the country’s richest labour union is intensifying after it emerged this week that some members of the National Executive Committee (NEC) want Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Johnson Motshwarakgole suspended while on the other hand, Secretary General, Maophala Mokgosi has also been cited for disciplinary hearing.

The warring factions within the National Amalgamated Local and Central Government and Parastatal Manual Workers Union (NALCGPMWU) leadership have taken the battle to new heights in order to land their grip on the control of the union. According to sources, some members of the NEC are calling for Motshwarakgole to be suspended for endorsing President Mokgweetsi Masisi for his party’s presidency in a short video clip that is circulating on social media. In the video, Motshwarakgole seems to be endorsing Masisi, and even said he would vote for him as his administration believes firmly in consultation.

He said since Masisi took over in April 1, 2018, there have been a significant number of policy changes including the withdrawal of the use of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) that was to be used in the 2019 general elections.  Even though it is not clear if he was speaking on behalf of the Manual Workers, it is said that some members of the NEC who want him out of the union are calling for his suspension saying he was not supposed to utter such words on behalf of the union. “Motshwarakgole spoke on behalf of the union. But the NEC did not endorse Masisi nor mandate him to utter such words on behalf of the union. This is tantamount to lack of discipline on his part and insubordination. He should be called for a hearing and be suspended,” said a source.   The source said it is not clear whether the NEC has met and made a resolution on the matter.

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