Spe­cial In­ves­ti­ga­tions Unit picket goes on

Weekend Witness - - News -

STAFF of the Spe­cial In­ves­ti­ga­tions Unit (SIU) yes­ter­day con­tin­ued a picket out­side their of­fices in Hill­crest over al­le­ga­tions of nepo­tism, racism and mal­ad­min­is­tra­tion.

The first protest oc­curred af­ter staff said the Dur­ban re­gional man­ager re­fused to meet with them and their union, the Na­tional Ed­u­ca­tion, Health and Al­lied Work­ers’ Union (Ne­hawu), in KwaZulu­Natal.

A state­ment re­leased by Ne­hawu said that since Oc­to­ber re­quests for the meet­ings to dis­cuss the is­sues fell on deaf ears and on De­cem­ber 5 pick­et­ing be­gan. Due to the death of for­mer pres­i­dent Nel­son Man­dela, fur­ther protests by staff came to a halt.

Yes­ter­day, staff said that pick­et­ing con­tin­ued in Hill­crest for one and a half hours.

“We will protest till … we are able to have a meet­ing with man­age­ment to dis­cuss our griev­ances. Small is­sues are es­ca­lated to a na­tional level and this be­comes prob­lem­atic,” said Ne­hawu re­gional sec­re­tary, Nduduzi Chili.

The SIU na­tional man­age­ment said they were aware of the protest but did not com­ment fur­ther. — Wit­ness Reporter.

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