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WC authorities to take action over Nehawu protest

The department says striking Nehawu members disrupted services and intimidated staff and the public at the Mitchells Plain Social Services office on Thursday.

Nehawu. Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Social Development Department is planning disciplinary action against staff who allegedly acted unlawfully during a demonstration.

The department says striking Nehawu members disrupted services and intimidated staff and the public at the Mitchells Plain Social Services office on Thursday.

Striking members also apparently held some non-striking staff hostage inside a building, leading to police being called in to contain the situation.

Nehawu's regional secretary Eric Kweleta has denied the allegations, saying the strike was peaceful.

“We are angered by the debacle happening within Sassa and have called for the minister to step down. As we move forward we hope she responds to us before it’s too late.”

Social Development MEC spokesperson Sihle Ngobese says they will be taking action: “This protest action has been interdicted by the courts. This conduct by Nehawu is unacceptable as this department serves the most vulnerable in society. The department will take action against anyone found to have acted unlawfully.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)