Protests end as MEC announces probe

2009-08-12 00:00

LUNCH-HOUR protests by employees at the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Community Safety and Liason headquarters have been suspended and the suspension of two Nehawu shop stewards has been lifted pending the outcome of an investigation into the workings of the department.

The MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, Willies Mchunu, said in a media statement after meeting all parties involved that he had decided to institute an independent investigation process into the Nehawu grievances.

“The HOD, Yasmin Bacus, remains in her post. She is not the subject of investigation, but the issues affecting the department she runs are the subject of a]probe,” said Mchunu.

His decision comes after Nehawu marched on the KZN legislature and handed a memorandum to the KZN Portfolio Committee on Community Safety and Liaison, accusing Bacus of “racism, corruption, mismanagement, fraud and nepotism”.

Staff continued to hold protests outside the departmental building in Jabu Ndlovu Street calling for the suspension of Bacus and the reinstatement of the two Nehawu shop stewards, Sabelo Kunene and Mafika Maseko.

Mchunu said the latest decision — to reinstate Maseko and Kunene — is intended to ensure a stable working environment “so that the investigation runs its course under normal conditions”. In a joint statement, all parties involved expressed their commitment and support for the decision.


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