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NEHAWU To March To North West Legislature As Part of National Day of Action

Tuesday May 15, 2018

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union [NEHAWU] will tomorrow [May 16, 2018] as part of its National Day of Action march to the North West Provincial Legislature to deliver a memorandum of demands in relation to the crisis currently engulfing all departments across the provincial government including the Office of the Premier.

The national day of action will be joined by members from five provinces in addition to North West province after our strike action failed to yield the desired results due to the intransigence and sheer arrogance of the employer. The aim of the national day of action is to highlight our anger in relation to non-resolution of our demands as submitted to the Office of the Premier on the 20th March 2018. While we welcome the efforts made by the Cabinet and the President of the Republic through the appointment of the Inter-Ministerial team we continue to hold a strong view that most of these efforts are glossing over the problems. Our memorandum will be accepted by the Minister in the Presidency, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as a leader of the Inter-Ministerial team, since we have elected to work with the Inter-Ministerial team in finding lasting solution to the current impasse.

We note the attempts of the illegal march planned with a view to counter our march. We view this as nothing but intimidation tactics and a plan to incite violence. We were the first to apply for a permission to march and chose the 16th May 2018 as the day for our march. As NEHAWU, we refuse to be intimidated and we will not cower to high school playground bullies like Supra. Our demands are genuine and reasonable thus for us this is a fight we are not prepared to lose. We call on the security cluster to act against anyone who marches without permission and promote acts of violence.

Details of the march

Assembly point: Montshioa Stadium, Mafikeng
Wednesday May 16, 2018
Time: 9am

If after the national day of action no substantive progress is registered within the 24 hours upon receipt of our memorandum, the national union will organise a public servants two days stay away in the province. Subsequently, the national union will extend the action to all provinces across the country as a solidarity to North West members and workers in general if the impasse continues to remain unresolved. In this regard, the national union will also deploy all its national office bearers and members of the national executive committee to the province as a warning shot but also as a signal of seriousness in pursuit of the demands tabled in our memorandum hence the North West is cited as a living example for the rest of other province who take our union and its members for granted.

Issued by NEHAWU Secretariat
Zola Saphetha (General Secretary) at 082 558 5968;
December Mavuso (Deputy General Secretary) at 082 558 5969;
Khaya Xaba (NEHAWU Media Liaison Officer) at 082 455 2500
or email: Visit NEHAWU website:

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