Sex case fall-out hits Nehawu

2013-09-06 00:00

THE fall-out from the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature sex scandal may see the dominant union disband their branch at the institution today.

National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) provincial secretary Zola Saphetha said a decision on the branch accused of failing to adhere to the union’s constitution and operating as an independent entity outside of the union structure will be made by the provincial executive.

A delegation comprising regional, provincial and national representation from Nehawu assessed the Pietermarizburg-based branch yesterday before making a judgment.

“All but one member of the branch’s executive committee attended the special meeting and they failed to tender any apology. This showed disrespect for the provincial and national leadership,” said Saphetha.

Last week the branch was accused of failing to represent suspended senior provincial government communications officer Wesley Canham (40), who was charged with sexual harassment. Canham was found guilty in August, but he is currently appealing the ruling.

The Witness has reported that Canham refused to have the legislature branch represent him because he did not trust them.

Canham will not speak to the press, but has directed all queries related to his case to Saphetha — who, while maintaining that the union cannot condone any act of sexual harassment, has said the union will represent Canham through the appeal process and, if needed, all the way to the labour court.

He said other failures by the branch included its inability to help transform the provincial parliament.

KZN Legislature spokesperson Wonder Hlongwa said Canham’s matter is still on appeal.

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