Trade union National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) in Mpumalanga says it is concerned about the abuse by some political leaders in the provincial legislature.
This comes after the former Acting Secretary of the Legislature, Josiah Silanda, was suspended in 2015 and subjected to an internal disciplinary process.
The union says, Silinda was not found guilty but the Legislature challenged the outcome of the hearing.
Nehawu’s provincial legal officer Isaac Mahlangu says: “Once you suspend an employee you take the employee through disciplinary processes and once the employee under goes that process and is acquitted you have a duty to return that employee back to work. Beyond that it is an abuse of power, and personal feelings. I honestly do not think there is any other fair reason to subject an employee to a second set of charges, he could have been charged the same time he was suspended in 2015.”