Union wants Transport department head out

2009-12-09 00:00

THE National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) in the KZN Transport Department wants department head Chris Hlabisa to be sacked effective immediately.

Secretary of the Nehawu Transport Head Office branch, Skhumbuzo Mdlalose, told The Witness on Friday they made submission on why Hlabisa should resign about three months ago and no action has been taken.

A memorandum by the union, which is in The Witness’s possession, recommends that Hlabisa should be given his marching orders for allegedly failing the department on a number of occasions.

These allegations include: Hlabisa’s role in allegedly misleading both the [department’s] management committee and the provincial legislature on the structure of the department; his [alleged] visible hand on inciting division and factionalism within the departmental management committee; his [alleged] inconsistency and indecisiveness on the departmental cost-cutting measures which have been implemented in a very unscrupulous manner.

Nehawu cited an example where the department allegedly funded more than R500 000 for a jazz festival.

The union further alleged that Hlabisa’s failure as an accounting officer of the department included his “oblivious gesture” on the implementation of the decisions of the provincial general public service sectoral barganing council; that the head of the department has not resolved payment of approved overtime worked by the departmental employees in charge of improving road safety and road traffic.

“Given the fact that there is already an investigation underway, we would like to re-affirm our position that come what may, this man [Hlabisa] must go. Further to that, we demand a progress report on the said investigation before the end of this year,” said Mdlalose.

The union had hoped to be addressed by Transport MEC Willies Mchunu after the management committee meeting on Friday on the matter, however, the meeting did not materialise.

Mchunu’s spokesman, Bhekisisa Mncube, requested the organised labour to respect the MEC’s investigation processes on the allegations.

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