Nehawu strike could affect water supply

File: Nehawu members during a previous strike in 2016, against outsourcing. The union now wants an end to outsourcing at the water department. Photo: eNCA

JOHANNESBURG - Thousands of water and sanitation staff members will go on strike on Thursday, protesting at alleged corruption within the department.

National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) members are demanding better working conditions and an end to outsourcing.

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Nehawu claims former water minister Nomvula Makonyane used outsourcing of services, ranging from cleaning to dam construction, to milk the department’s coffers dry.

She also allegedly purged senior officials who refused to take her orders.

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Nehawu wants Makonyane to account and plans to continue protesting until new minister Gugile Nkwinti acknowledges its demands.

Water supply is likely to be affected by the strike.

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