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nehawu80The Witness reports that members of the National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) went on a rampage on Thursday as they called for two KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) MECs to be fired.  

To make their point, they went as far as blocking the N3 near the Hilton off-ramp, using about 20 cars and bringing traffic to a standstill.  After police dispersed them, they went on to cause more traffic jams on the highway as they drove slowly for about five kilometres.  Nehawu members want Health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo and Agriculture and Rural Development MEC Themba Mthembu to be axed.  They have accused the two MECs of failing to lead the two departments.  More than 100 Nehawu members demonstrated at the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development head office in Cedara on Thursday, where they blocked the gate.  Police fired stun grenades trying to disperse the crowd, but the demonstration continued.  The protestors later went to Fort Napier, where mortuary workers have been striking for weeks protesting about working conditions.  They then went to protest outside Natalia building, the Department of Health’s head office.  Nehawu provincial secretary Phakama Ndunakazi said:  “Today is just a warning shot.  We are going to have a full blown strike.”

  • Read Sabelo Nsele’s original report in this regard in full at News24

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