Nehawu march to department of justice on Friday

Photo: Tshegofatso Ngobeni Nehawu members marched to the department of justice and constitutional development on Friday.

The National Education Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) marched to the department of justice and constitutional development offices in Central on Friday.

Nehawu provincial chairperson Amos Monyela said the department had denied them to their right to collective bargaining.

“We are in the collective bargaining structure, yet the employer are not coming to the party. Instead they send management teams who do not have any mandate,” Monyela said.

He added that Nehawu wanted an investigation into the department’s officials whom he alleges were responsible for corruption in the department.

“There are issues of corruption in the office of the master of the High Court, we now demand an investigation into that office,” he said.

Other issues raised were the appointment of Alexandra Forbes which was awarded a contract to render services in the health and incapacity portfolio of the department which the union says should be terminated by the department.

Workers were dressed in their red regalia as they marched from Marabastad to the department’s offices in the CBD.

Workers sang their struggle songs while being escorted by the police and metro police.

Pretoria regional chairperson of Nehawu, Karabo Matlala said the union would make the department ungovernable should they fail to meet the demands of workers.

The department of justice is meant to be just but it is not. We will teach them the law. We will render the department ungovernable if they do not meet our grievances,” Matlala said.

The minister of justice and constitutional development Michael Masutha commended workers for being disciplined and said he would be dealing with the officials who are requested to be removed by Nehawu.

“We will deal with your issues and we will come back to your leaders to talk about the resolutions,” Masutha said.

Both parties signed the memorandum, Masutha said he would respond to the workers in 14 days.

Other grievances of workers listed in the memorandum included workers being used to perform other tasks given to them by their superiors which were not part of their job description.

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