Union in anti-graft march
Nehawu says memorandum will be delivered to legislature addressing corruption and the victimisation of its members
MORE than 5000 workers from the National Education Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) will take to the streets on Friday to march against corruption and the victimisation of its members.
Provincial secretary Sabata Jonas said the march will be directed to the provincial legislature and the office of the premier.
He said they had received correspondence from the speaker of the legislature, Kenny Mmoiemang, that he would accept the memorandum on behalf of the legislature.
He said the office of the premier had also sent an acknowledgement of the march and were yet to confirm whether Premier Sylvia Lucas would be there to accept the memorandum.
Sabata said the provincial day of action would seek to come up with a lasting plan to the ailing situations in the province.
“Members of the union have expressed their total disgust at the high levels of corruption that have become a permanent feature within society, particularly within our government departments and state owned institutions.
“However, it is the lack of appetite and political will from those given the political responsibility and oversight to improve the socio-economic conditions of the working class and the poor that is highly irritating,” he said.
Sabata said they had noted during the general meetings a high level of intimidation and victimisation of their members by intransigent management.
“We will not tolerate any form of union bashing and will act decisively to protect union members at the different workplaces.
“We further noted through engagements with our members a disgusting phenomenon of the executive council led by the premier, failures to implement signed agreements at the public service coordinating bargaining council and its chambers general public service sectoral bargaining chamber and the public health, social development sectoral bargaining chamber,” he said.
Sabata said their town-based members’ general meetings in all four regions – Kimberley, Upington, De Aar and Kuruman – were addressed by the national office bearers of the union and reflected on a number of issues.
“Our town-based members’ general meetings further reflected on the state and progress made by the ANC led government in improving the lives of our people.
“This includes but not limited to quality healthcare, decent jobs, provision of quality education and working conditions as well as dealing with corruption,” he said.
The march, which will be led by provincial and national leaders, will start in Galeshewe and proceed to Kimberley town.
General secretary Zola Sapheta said four national office bearers were deployed in four towns where the marches would take place.
Last month the union opened a case against the legislature at the Kimberley police station.
Sapheta said legislature was corrupt and they were not going to bow down to their demands as they needed the place to be cleaned and it should be leading by example.
Police spokesperson Lt-Col Dimakatso Mooi said they were investigating the matter and it was receiving attention.
The union has claimed to have uncovered gross corruption and wasteful expenditure at the legislature.
“This impelled us to open criminal cases against the deputy speaker of the legislature, the chief financial officer, the then acting manager responsible for human capital, the head of staff in the office of the speaker and the secretary to the legislature,” he said.
RAISING ISSUES: Nehawu members will take to the streets on Friday to march against corruption and victimisation of its members.