Nehawu will ‘fight’ if Zungu is renewed

2014-07-29 00:00

THE National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) has threatened a “serious fight” if the contract of the KwaZulu-Natal Health Department’s head is renewed.

The threat comes as Premier Senzo Mchunu has yet to announce whether or not the five-year contract of Sibongile Zungu will be renewed on Thursday.

Nehawu last month called for Zungu’s axing, alleging wasteful expenditure, maladministration and corruption under her leadership.

Zungu has denied the allegations, which the union wanted Health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo to investigate.

The union threatened to march to Mchunu’s offices and also embark on a strike, but they did not.

Union secretary Phakama ­Ndunakazi said yesterday ­Nehawu still maintained its position on Zungu’s axing.

“We are waiting for the premier to revert back to us. There was a letter that the premier is looking into the matter,” he said.

He said Nehawu suspended its strike action when told Mchunu would attend to their demand.

Ndunakazi also said should Mchunu renew the contract, Nehawu would take to the streets.

“If they extend, there will be a serious fight. Our plan is to [first] have a march and then embark on a strike,” he said.

He added that the union was engaging with the ANC-led alliance and a number of civil society groups for support for Zungu’s axing because departmental services were allegedly deteriorating.

Department spokesperson Desmond Motha said employment matters of heads of departments was handled by the premier.

Mchunu’s spokesperson Ndabezinhle Sibiya said the premier would not comment specifically on Zungu’s future, but he and his cabinet would soon issue a statement on the status and future of all provincial heads of departments. “There are other heads of departments whose contracts are up,” he said.

• mayibongwe.maqhina@witness.co.za

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