Union in anti-graft march Ne­hawu says mem­o­ran­dum will be de­liv­ered to leg­is­la­ture ad­dress­ing cor­rup­tion and the vic­tim­i­sa­tion of its mem­bers

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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.

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