Union again calls for head of Hlabisa

2010-02-19 00:00

UNIONISTS have resumed their call for the Transport Department provincial head of department (HOD) Chris Hlabisa to be suspended because he is allegedly interfering with an investigation into corruption and mismanagement in the department.

Yesterday, employees affiliated to the National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu), demonstrated outside the department’s head office demanding his immediate suspension and the release of a preliminary report of the formal investigations into the department.

Efforts to have him removed began last year, when the union raised concerns about alleged corruption and mismanagement.

They said they suspended their industrial action last year after they received an undertaking from the then MEC Bheki Cele that a formal investigation would be commissioned to look into irregularities. On December 10, the union said the new MEC, Willies Mchunu, assured them that a preliminary report of the investigation would be made available to them within two weeks, “however, they have yet to receive it”.

“We want Hlabisa removed so he does not interfere with the investigation,” said Fanle Sibisi, an executive member of Nehawu.

Department spokesman Bheki Mncube said the investigation is in its final stage. He said it will be handed to the MEC and implicated people will be given a chance to respond.


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