Nehawu explains Hofmeyr decision

2011-09-11 17:45

Johannesburg - The National Education Health & Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) on Sunday laid bare its call for Special Investigations Unit (SIU) head Willie Hofmeyr to be replaced, citing a lack of transformation and victimisation as its main bugbears.

The call to replace Hofmeyr first arose after the union's national meeting at the end of August, but allegations of a witch hunt against corruption busters had arisen in the wake of calls for his head as well as for an investigation into public protector Thuli Madonsela. They are both investigating alleged corruption in the police service, among other controversial investigations.

But Nehawu's statement on Sunday was meant to deal with "the conspiracy theories and the hysteria that greeted our call for the removal of the SIU Head Willie Hofmeyr.

"It [the fact sheet] clearly sets out the contributing factors that led to a decision by the union to call for the removal of Mr Willie Hofmeyr," said Nehawu.

In it the union complained about the racial composition of the SIU's executive committee, saying it was exclusively male dominated (despite acknowledging that one of the four executives was an African male), but went on to point out that certain managers had been dismissed or forced to resign (citing a case where lack of transformation was specifically mentioned as the reason) and of cases of victimisation, like when its leadership had a laptop taken "without any reasons".

It effectively lambasted the SIU for, as it claimed, not having an employment equity plan.

Nehawu represents more than 303 employees out of a total workforce of 506 at the SIU and is the only recognised union within SIU.

  • Mixyez - 2011-09-11 17:53

    Is it lack of transformation or the fact that Willie Hofmeyr is actually taking a stand against the rampant crime and corruption in government?

      linda.l.mndayi - 2011-09-12 09:05

      Am not aware of a single case the SIU has taken to court against government corruption. The assets frozen by SIU has mainly been those of corrupt businessmen.

  • Oldbuck - 2011-09-11 18:11

    nehawu is a union,let your members strike and break things like they usually do but dont interfere in the runing of institutions weather they be government or private you are overstepping your mandate.I personally dont give a hoot if the siu is run by a donkey as long as the work is done,you lot seem afraid of the siu perhaps its time you were investigated.It will be interesting to see what comes up

  • Leon Groenewald - 2011-09-11 18:15

    Any organization not totally inept and still had a white face in it, will automatically be lacking in transformation. This especially goes for any organization that has any success in actually curbing corruption. I think Nehawu has a few skeletons in the closet, they fear Mr. Hoffmeyer might uncover.

  • Showahed - 2011-09-11 18:32

    You really have to be an idiot to believe these wannabees! There is only one reason and that is that Willie is white and cannot be bribed.

      John za - 2011-09-11 20:32

      that's two reasons

  • pas - 2011-09-11 18:58

    NEHAWU are viciously anti-white. To them, your company is not tranformed if you have a single white person working for you and their members are not above trashing a whiteys car out of spite.

  • Ruben32 - 2011-09-11 19:20

    Time for white people to stand together against this racist abuse. Enough is enough.

      Mike - 2011-09-11 19:28

      Time to rise against the new apartheid ?

  • Dal68 - 2011-09-11 19:29

    All they want is a corrupt black to run the SIU it seems

  • Bess - 2011-09-11 19:41

    When I nursed at the Joburg General Hospital all the nurses who were Nehawu members were thieves. They were the nurses who would leave every shift with armfuls of towels, toilet rolls, soap, sugar. And of course, the Nehawu matron would simply toss my written reports into her trash basket.

  • Verdade - 2011-09-12 04:24

    No need to explain Nehawu, your motives are pretty clear!

  • Clive - 2011-09-12 11:54

    Once again the unions place "transformation" (for which read "affirmative action") ahead of competence. Regrettably many areas that have been "transformed" are a shambles, notably health, education and many state-owned enterprises. Perhaps Mr Hofmeyr is taking his job too seriously.

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