Sack our HOD, say striking transport workers

2009-08-26 00:00

THE Department of Transport head office ground to a halt yesterday as employees affiliated to the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) downed tools, demanding that the head of department, Chris Hlabisa, be sacked immediately.

They said they will be marching to the legislature tomorrow to hand over a memorandum demanding his dismissal from the department.

They described yesterday’s strike as a continuation of an action they had in April, which saw 600 Nehawu members stage a three-day stayaway, demanding that Hlabisa be fired for failing to address their concerns.

It was called off after the then MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison and now National Police commissioner, Bheki Cele, made a commitment to attend to the grievances.

The union accused Hlabisa of corruption, maladministration, cronyism, and nepotism, among other things.

Skhumbuzo Mdlalose, who is the Nehawu provincial secretary for transport, said that under the leadership of Hlabisa, corruption has not been tackled and the department’s finances were being milked by consultants.

“The department has over 350 consultants that are doing the jobs that the employees are already doing. This is making those employees redundant,” said Mdlalose.

“Furthermore these consultants have milked the department of more than R350 million just this financial year.”

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