JOHANNESBURG - The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) yesterday demanded an audience with the Minister for Transport and the Transnet board to explain what it considers knee-jerk political purges in state-owned enterprises (SOEs) as news broke on the suspension of Transnet chief executive Siyabonga Gama and two executives.
Satawu’s executive co-ordinator Jack Mazibuko said yesterday: “We are not defending individuals here, but we are concerned that the investigations are being conducted for the sake of being conducted.
"Why the haste to suspend (Gama) when there are still investigations being done?”
He said the inconclusive investigations at SOEs were often detrimental to workers who then struggled to get their incentives payments. He said Satawu was acting on having a meeting with the Minister for Transport and the Transnet board to ensure transparency and the protection of workers.
In a statement yesterday, Transnet board chairperson Popo Molefe said Gama, engineering chief executive Thamsanqa Jiyane and executive manager Lindiwe Mdletshe had been served with letters of intention to place them on precautionary suspension.