STAFF of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) yesterday continued a picket outside their offices in Hillcrest over allegations of nepotism, racism and mal-administration. The first protest occurred after staff said the Durban regional manager refused to meet with them and their union, the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu), in KwaZulu-Natal. A statement released by Nehawu said that since October requests for the meetings to discuss the issues fell on deaf ears and on December 5 picketing began. Due to the death of former president Nelson Mandela, further protests by staff came to a halt. Yesterday, staff said that picketing continued in Hillcrest for one and a half hours. “We will protest till … we are able to have a meeting with management to discuss our grievances. Small issues are escalated to a national level and this becomes problematic,” said Nehawu regional secretary, Nduduzi Chili. The SIU national management said they were aware of the protest but did not comment further.