The National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) has resolved to call on Public Protector Thuli Madonsela to investigate its members’ issues with the Secretary of Parliament Gengezi Mgidlana
Provincial and regional office bearers briefed the media in Cape Town on Monday that Mgidlana had not taken the union’s demands in Parliament seriously, and that he left them no choice but to make Parliament ungovernable.
“We will be handing over a memorandum at the provincial office of the Public Protector to investigate Gengezi Mgidlana. We are demanding that his expensive trips, first class flights, expensive hotel stays with his wife be investigated. The Public Protector must also investigate the relationship between Mgidlana and the presiding officers,” Nehawu provincial secretary Eric Kweleta said.
There has been rift between Nehawu and the management of Parliament over Parliament’s failure to implement an agreement signed in December, following a strike which saw Nehawu bring the work of portfolio committees in Parliament to a standstill.
Kweleta told reporters that the hostile behavior of Mgidlana and the “deafening silence” on the part of the ANC has pushed the union to call on the Public Protector to investigate the secretary of Parliament.
Mgidlana Living on Taxpayers Money
It was reported last month that Mgidlana spent over R134,000 in every four months, on extravagant hotel stays, chauffeur services and expensive travel with his wife at the expense of taxpayers.
According to BDaylive, Kwaleta said following a breakdown in consultation, the union would begin planning rolling mass action, which would include daily marches to Parliament. The union started lunch time pickets last week.
The ANC high ranking members of parliament have been accused of being the brain behind Mgidlana’s most ardent defenders
According to Ekapa South Regional chair Xolani Mdoda who dismissed claims that the ANC was indifferent or, in part, responsible for the manner in which Parliament had neglected the union’s demands, the union would continue supporting the ANC in next month’s local government elections.
“Our position is to support the ANC in the local government elections as an affiliate of Cosatu (the Congress of South African Trade Unions). This attitude of Mgidlana is delaying us in our ability to campaign for the ANC. We find ourselves marching back to Parliament when we should be focusing our energy on campaigning,” said Mdoda. He also sought to dismiss claims that Nehawu has been captured by reactionary forces.
The union marched to the provincial offices of the Public Protector to hand over its memorandum demanding an outright investigation.