PSA: Dlodlo leaves cabinet with 'unfinished business'

PSA: Dlodlo leaves cabinet with 'unfinished business'

The Public Servants Association (PSA) says it is concerned about the void left by the departing Public Service and Administration Minister Ayanda Dlodlo.

Minister of Public Service and Administration Ayanda Dlodlo

Dlodlo resigned from cabinet this week to take up an opportunity as an executive director on the board of the World Bank in Washington in the United States.


But the PSA's Reuben Maleka says the union had unfinished business with Dlodlo.


"We thought we wanted continuity for someone to oversee the implementation of the public sector declaration but now suddenly she's leaving. We don't know what will be the take of the incoming minister.


"We would have loved to see her stay on to see implementation of the declaration.”


Dlodlo was appointed to the portfolio in August following a cabinet reshuffle.


Maleka says it difficult to assess Dlodlo's impact so soon.


"It's always very difficult to measure the performance of a minister in this short space of time," Maleka adds.


Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi is set to hold the fort until a permanent appointment is made by President Cyril Ramaphosa.


"Minister Thulas Nxesi is not new in the public sector. We hope and understand that he knows the plight and the struggles of the workers, therefore we are prepared to start engaging with him on all things that are pending.


"We hope he will respond positively."


It's unclear yet when the position will be filled permanently.


"At this point we don't have any information or speculation, but we hope the president will do the right thing to put a minister who has an understanding of the public service," Maleka adds.


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