Nehawu: transport dept strike turns ugly

2010-02-24 00:00

A STRIKE at the Transport Department by the National Education Health and Allied Workers Union turned violent yesterday when strikers harassed and intimidated a non-striking employee.

The employees at the department have been on strike since last week demanding the removal of head of department Chris Hlabisa.

On Monday morning, Hilda Green says she was lucky to escape without injuries when the striking employees tried to pull her out of her car.

She said that at about 9.45 am she tried to exit through the department’s main gates, where the strikers were, as she was going for a doctor’s appointment.

She said that when she tried to pass the striking employees, they refused to let her leave.

She claimed they insulted her, tried to assault her and “banged” on her car, which, she said, was not badly damaged.

“I was slowly inching my car forward. The striking employees surrounded my car and battered it. They tried to pull me out of the car, but luckily I had locked the doors.”

She complained about the lack of security for non-striking employees. “The senior management were not there because they had gone for negotiations in Pinetown, and the police were also not there.”

Attempts to contact the Nehawu branch secretary, Sikhumbuzo Mdlalose, for comment were unsuccessful as his phone rang unanswered.

— Witness Reporter.


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