Union stages sit-in against Culture HOD

2013-11-20 00:00

MEMBERS of the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) yesterday stormed the KwaZulu-Natal Arts and Culture head office in Pietermaritzburg to stage a sit-in.

Members sat in the boardroom without an appointment demanding to see the HOD, Sibongile Nzimande, whom they accused of corruption, nepotism and maladministration.

When they realised that she was not coming late in the afternoon, they left the building but promised to intensify their demands to see her.

Nzimande is under fire for allegedly not making time for the union despite correspondence from provincial leadership to meet with the union to discuss workers’ grievances.

The provincial leadership of Nehawu was spitting fire, accusing Nzimande of undermining the union ever since her appointment as acting HOD in 2011.

The union’s regional co-ordinator, Mzimasile Giyama’s list of grievances against Nzimande include corruption, nepotism and maladministration, among others.

He said Nzimande used labour relations against employees. “She does not adhere to the occupational health and safety rules. This building is not conducive for our customers as it does not accommodate the people living with disabilities.”

He said the HOD did not consult with the union on human resource issues and also did not promote skills development.

Nzimande had not acted against R2 million overspent by the library services in 2011/12 budget, he said, and the money had not been recovered. No disciplinary action had been taken, he added.

The department had spent R1,1 million on groceries for the Reed Dance last year and half of that was stored at Skinners camp in Cedara and not accounted for, said Giyama.

KZN Arts and Culture spokesperson Lethukuthula Mtshali said the department was not aware of the allegations but would be investigating now.

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