Limpopo protesters lock down government building

News24 Correspondent

Polokwane - At least 2 000 Limpopo government employees said on Thursday they would not resume work until police release union leaders who were detained after they locked the doors of a government building.

Members of the National Education and Health Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) allegedly locked the doors to the Limpopo department of public works to stop senior managers from entering or leaving.

They accused the management and MEC Jerry Ndou of undermining their demands, saying they submitted a memorandum two weeks ago but had not received a response.

But Ndou said his department was in the process of addressing demands contained in the memorandum.

The department headquarters on Thursday turned into a battlefield between police and Nehawu members. Police said they had arrested six people.

One of the senior officials locked inside the building was head of department Kate Machaba.

The situation remained hostile until police were called in to unlock the building.

Nehawu provincial secretary Jacob Adams said workers would remain on the streets until the arrested members were released.

He said the union has submitted numerous complaints about Machaba.

But Ndou said the department has nothing to do with the police case, saying where there is a transgression of law, and the law must take its course.

Ndou said a principle of 'no work, no pay' would apply.