DA wants Public Protector to investigate N West Nehawu strike

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The Democratic Alliance(DA) in the North West says it will write to the Public Protector to ask her to investigate actions by Nehawu members during a strike led by the union.

Nehawu embarked on an industrial action in March, demanding an investigation into corruption allegations in the provincial government among other things.

The DA says during the strike some un-unionised nurses and staff members, as well as patients were barred by striking Nehawu members from accessing clinics and hospitals.

DA member of the Health Portfolio Committee in the Provincial Legislature, Dr Tutu Faleni says, “We are going to approach the office of the Public Protector and raise concern about the conduct of Nehawu during the period of the strike. Our argument is simple, constitutional rights of patients were violated.”

Nehawu provincial secretary Patrick Makhafane has dismissed the DA’s statement as electioneering.

“They are scavenging on some dead issues in order to gain relevance. When they say they want to submit to the Public Protector, we will not comment much on that. We will wait to be summoned to the Public Protector and state our case,” says Makhafane.