Pretoria - Willie the Koala could have lived longer if the experienced people meant to take care of him were there instead of outside in the cold striking.
And while National Zoological Gardens of South Africa management allegedly drags its feet with paying its employees' benefits, things continue to go downhill inside the Zoo, according to branch secretary for the National Trade Union Congress, Frans Rasethe.
“Comments by management that things are running smoothly at the Zoo is a lie. There have been incidents occurring in the Zoo to the point where an important species has now died.”
“Willie the Koala died because the relevant people to take care of it are outside here with us striking for their benefits.
"Finance, cleaning and landscaping staff are outside here, while interns and non-unionised members are being overburdened with work.”