- Minister of Water and Sanitation Lindiwe Sisulu has received backing from uMkhonto weSizwe military veterans association (MKMVA)
- This is for her decision to hire 24 Cuban engineers to help the ailing water infrastructure in South Africa
- There is still an outrage from citizens about this decision to hire foreign nationals instead of qualified South Africans
The uMkhonto weSizwe military veterans association (MKMVA) has shown support to Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu for employing Cuban engineers to work in South Africa.
Sisulu has demanded that the 24 Cuban engineers were not in the country for business, saying that they were here to strengthen their abilities.
"The decision of Minister Sisulu is one that must be understood in the context of the long history of cooperation between Cub and South Africa."
"Secondly, Minister Sisulu has been struggling to get South African water engineers work in the rural areas and that has not been successful," said Carl Niehaus of the MKMVA.
She's experienced harsh criticism for getting the two dozen engineers to help settle water foundation issues in South Africa at an expense of R64 million.
Numerous people in South Africa are inquiring as to why local specialists couldn't have been called in instead to make things equal.
Sisulu has constantly been in the media defending herself lately, trying to make it clear that this decision was only for the benefit of South Africans. Citizens are not happy because R64 million was spent on foreign nationals instead.
Briefly News previously reported that Lindiwe Sisulu says that Cuban engineers are for mentorship, not employment.
There was outrage from South Africans when Cuban engineers were brought into the country but for work, but Minister Lindiwe Sisulu says that they are here for mentorship.
Citizens felt that it was unfair for foreign nationals to be brought when there are a number of unemployed graduates looking for work. Sisulu maintains that the Cubans were not brought here for employment.
According to Sisulu, the Cubans were brought in to help with South Africa's ailing water infrastructure. They are also present to help municipal workers with their skills.
On Freedom Day, the minister released a statement to clear the air about why the Cuban engineers were given jobs in South Africa. According to SABC News, Sisulu wanted to remind South Africans about the role Cubans played in fighting apartheid.
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