KZN state attorneys 'threaten strike over office grievances'
FED-UP state attorneys in KwaZulu-Natal have threatened to go on strike if Justice Minister Jeff Radebe and the department's director-general, Nonkululeko Sindane, do not implement the recommendations of an investigation against Kishen "Krish" Govender, head of the province's state attorneys.
Disgruntled staff at the office responsible for all state attorneys are so fed up about "worse than apartheid working conditions and ill-treatment" by Govender that they are prepared to close it down.
Govender is accused of, among other things, bullying, victimisation, humiliating colleagues and discrimination, but Department of Justice spokesman Tlali Tlali said the office was one of the best run in the country.
National Education Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) shop steward Cornelia Taljaard said the attorneys want Radebe and Sindane to act "now or the courts in the province could be left high and dry".
The union accuses Radebe of failing to respond to grievances and complaints lodged against Govender.
"As an organised labour union, radical in our approach, we will mobilise our members to go and shut down the state attorney's office," warned Nehawu regional chairman Zweli Langa. "It seems like the last option after numerous attempts to have issues raised by employees fell on deaf ears."
He said recommendations by investigating officer Abdullah Ismail had not been implemented - a year later.
"We feel that it's an insult because they were serious allegations. We feel that the director-general should have acted on the investigator's recommendations by now."
Tlali said they would engage with staff through the department's internal communication channel.
Govender could not be reached for comment.