Union plans to tackle corruption

2017-10-11 06:02
The deputy general secretary of Cosatu, Solly Phetoe, addressing Nehawu members during the 30th celebration at the City Hall.Photo: Boipelo Mere

The deputy general secretary of Cosatu, Solly Phetoe, addressing Nehawu members during the 30th celebration at the City Hall.Photo: Boipelo Mere

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Ahead of its 30th anniversary celebration at the Kimberley City Hall on Friday (06/10), the National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) opened a criminal case in relation to state capture, corruption and wasteful expenditure that occurred at the Northern Cape Legislature.

The case was opened at the Kimberley police station following the unlawful payments that had been made at the legislature to various officials in key positions.

The deputy general secretary of Cosatu, Solly Phetoe, who led the delegation to the police station, said a sit-in is to be staged at the legislature by their members until the criminals are brought to book.

Phetoe lashed out at the poor manner in which the issue was addressed.

“Cosatu must ensure that those who are implicated in criminal cases and reports must be suspended with immediate effect,” he said.

According to Nehawu, its actions follow the R367 788,18 as a non-pensionable cash allowance made to the secretary to the legislature, Patric Moopelwa.

It has been stated that it was meant to mitigate the impact of the non-permanent employment arrangement.

“The Senior Management Service Handbook, which was used to justify the payment to the secretary, is only applicable to persons appointed by the Public Service Act, which the secretary does not fall under,” Nehawu said in a statement.

The second criminal case was opened against chief financial officer (CFO) Garth Botha for a reported R116 301,87 payment in leave payout, which is contrary to the policies of the legislature and the Basic Conditions of Employment Act.

“As a former finance manager and acting CFO, he was aware of the legislative and policy provisions that relates to the payments of leave.”

The union calls for a forensic investigation into the finances of the legislature, including the amount of R525 947 which they revealed had been deducted from the account of the legislature by the South African Revenue Services.

“The legislature responded by saying that the money was deducted by mistake.

“However, the amount was deducted as a result of non-compliance to tax laws,” the statement read.

The Nehawu secretariat vows to deploy the national office bearers in the province until favourable outcomes are reached.

“The national union will dedicate the entire November to resolving all the issues raised by members during branch visits,” read the statement.

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