Nehawu explains Hofmeyr decision
Johannesburg - The National Education Health & Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) on Sunday laid bare its call for Special Investigations Unit (SIU) head Willie Hofmeyr to be replaced, citing a lack of transformation and victimisation as its main bugbears.
The call to replace Hofmeyr first arose after the union's national meeting at the end of August, but allegations of a witch hunt against corruption busters had arisen in the wake of calls for his head as well as for an investigation into public protector Thuli Madonsela. They are both investigating alleged corruption in the police service, among other controversial investigations.
But Nehawu's statement on Sunday was meant to deal with "the conspiracy theories and the hysteria that greeted our call for the removal of the SIU Head Willie Hofmeyr.
"It [the fact sheet] clearly sets out the contributing factors that led to a decision by the union to call for the removal of Mr Willie Hofmeyr," said Nehawu.
In it the union complained about the racial composition of the SIU's executive committee, saying it was exclusively male dominated (despite acknowledging that one of the four executives was an African male), but went on to point out that certain managers had been dismissed or forced to resign (citing a case where lack of transformation was specifically mentioned as the reason) and of cases of victimisation, like when its leadership had a laptop taken "without any reasons".
It effectively lambasted the SIU for, as it claimed, not having an employment equity plan.
Nehawu represents more than 303 employees out of a total workforce of 506 at the SIU and is the only recognised union within SIU.