NEHAWU held a protest outside the Union Buildings
NEHAWU and its members protested outside the Union Buildings yesterday, after the President failed to respond to a memorandum of demands.
The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union is a union that struggles for recognition and a free and democratic South Africa.
According to a statement released by NEHAWU, they submitted a memorandum to the President on the 3rd of September to respond in seven days, which expired on the 10th of September.
They again wrote to the Office of the President on the 11th, to remind him about the ultimatum and informing him about their intention to withdraw labour power.
They said they will not sit and do nothing while the President does not take their demands into consideration.
“The leadership of NEHAWU will not leave until the President addresses us and resolves our issues as we believe we have been very patient with him and now our patience has dissipated,” read the statement.
NEHAWU first deputy President, Mike Shingange, said some premiers responded to their memorandum, only the President has not.
“All we know is that in terms of the rules of engagement in this country, when sections of our society protest and they give a deadline, they expect to be responded to,” said Shingange.
Precious Faku, a health worker who is a member of NEHAWU, said the government does not care about health workers.
“We work tirelessly every day, putting our lives at risk to save other people’s lives, only for the President to not recognise our efforts? It’s enough now,” said Faku.