Empangeni wardens want their deputy director dismissed

2012-11-26 00:00

UNIONS representing correctional service personnel within the Empangeni region are demanding that the area’s deputy director to be axed.

Senior members from the Department of Correctional Services’ (DCS) regional office and both national and provincial Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) leaders are set to meet tomorrow to discuss the demand.

The Public Servants Association of South Africa (PSA),which also has members in Empangeni, is likely to join the meeting, although this could not be confirmed.

The meeting was called as a compromise when DCS staff at Qalakabusha prison, outside Empangeni, refused to work on Thursday until their demands were met.

The unions, acting on behalf of their members, Popcru in particular, want the removal of the deputy area director Bheki Mlambo. Both unions confirmed this.

They accuse him of sexual harassment, cronyism, victimisation and dereliction of duty.

A DCS source at Qalakabusha, known to The Witness said they have asked for the intervention of DCS national office and the Ministry of the Presidency. “We haven’t gone on strike as yet but this all rests on the outcomes of tomorrow’s meeting,” said the source.

Attempts to get of hold of Mlambo proved unsuccessful.

The Witness was also unable to reach his superior, area commissioner Errol Korabie. Both provincial and national DCS spokespersons Nokuthula Zikhali and Koos Gerber respectively were unaware of any problems within the Empangeni region.

Zikhali said the issues at Empangeni were still being internally dealt with and that it was not currently being discussed at the provincial office.

Popcru regional secretary for KZN, Kwenza Nxcele, confirmed the meeting would be take place tomorrow, but said he would only be fully briefed on the situation today.

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