Strike brings service at Master of the High Court to a standstill

2009-06-03 00:00

PEOPLE from as far away as Ulundi and Newcastle had to wait for hours without getting helped at the office of the Master of the High Court yesterday due to strike action by employees there.

The workers accused a member of management of favouring certain race groups only. They called for her resignation and for her to leave the offices with immediate effect.

“Whenever we try to address complaints and to voice opinions, we get victimised or even … demoted. We are not allowed to challenge the management because, if we do so, we get into trouble,” said one worker who did not want to be named.

Another protester, who works at the Guardian’s Fund department, said that it really worries them when they realise that people’s files are pi­ling up waiting to be processed. “Most of the applicants are African people, and other races get immediate attention. These are the things that we cannot tolerate anymore,” she said.

The workers said they have addressed their complaints to management before, but without effect.

People who came from outside Pietermaritzburg were worst affected by the strike.

Nonjabulo Ngubane, who came all the way from Newcastle to submit some documents, said: “We are tired and hungry. Why can’t they assist us and carry on with whatever they are doing later. We paid a lot of money to get here”.

Another person who did not want to be named came for help at around 6 am to sort out his money problems, but was not helped. “I am too old to be treated like this” he said.

Attempts to get comment from the department of Justice yesterday were unsuccessful.

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