Nehawu calls for probe into exhibits

2014-01-28 00:00

THE National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) intends approaching Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s office to investigate how crucial evidence pertaining to one of South Africa’s worst massacres came to be stored at the Special Investigation Unit’s offices in Hillcrest.

Last year, the Hawks removed a blue trunk from the offices containing various exhibits relating to the Bisho massacre in the Eastern Cape 21 years ago. The exhibits included bullets taken from some of the victims and original affidavits from survivors.

Staff at the office and the union want Madonsela and the SA Human Rights Commission to get to the bottom of the matter. On Friday, SIU members picketed outside their offices over allegations of nepotism, racism and maladministration, while demanding answers about the Bisho exhibits.

KZN Nehawu secretary Zola Sapetha said they were planning to march to Premier Senzo Mchunu’s office to demand that action be taken.

He added that the public protector and Human Rights Commission would also be asked to investigate the issue.

Sapetha said the union had also met with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) regarding the current impasse between staff and electoral officer Mawethu Mosery.

IEC workers have been involved in a bitter wrangle with Mosery over the provision of tools needed for their jobs and the payment of overtime.

“We met with electoral commissioner Bongani Finca last week. Now we are waiting for their response,” said Sapetha.

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