Hofmeyr must go, says Nehawu
Johannesburg - Willie Hofmeyr must be removed as head of the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) as he failed to transform the agency, Nehawu said on Wednesday.
If the call was not heeded, the National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union would hold national demonstrations, general secretary Fikile Majola told reporters in Johannesburg.
"At the top of our members' problems at SIU has been management's failure to transform the agency from a lilywhite agency to one that is representative of all the races, especially at a senior management level."
Majola said black managers were victimised and, in some cases, forced to resign.
"The latest case is the forced removal of the former head of business support Mizeria Nyathi, who was hounded out of the agency recently."
Hofmeyr reportedly initially suspended Nyathi in April after a document surfaced that called for the SIU head's resignation. In the document, Hofmeyr is also accused of failing to deal with racism within the SIU.
Nyathi was dismissed, apparently for refusing to submit to a lie detector test.
The union said Hofmeyr failed to focus on the SIU as he was also head of the asset forfeiture unit under the National Prosecution Authority.
Majola said the union had not discussed a possible replacement for Hofmeyr, but felt a black candidate would be preferable.
"Even if they are not African, we would like to have someone committed to transformation in the agency. All our members agree that there has been a total breakdown of relations between Mr Hofmeyr and the workers. So, he must leave."