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Parliament strikes: Zuma to appear before NCOP

By Charl Bosch - Nov 26, 2015
Parliament strikes: Zuma to appear before NCOP

Parliament has confirmed that President Jacob Zuma will address the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) later today, admits the ongoing strike by workers of the National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu).

The protests, which flared up again on Monday after discussions between the union and Parliament over bonuses deadlocked last week, has so far resulted in the disruption of committee meetings and sittings of the National Assembly, with the union’s secretary, Gengezi Mgidlana, reportedly then accusing the media of misrepresenting statements.

“That's one message we want to tell media. Please don't twist our statement. You probably don't like Zuma. He is our president, selected by us,” News24 quoted him as saying.

On Tuesday, protesting workers caused the delay and eventual cancellation of several sittings by singing and chanting in the public gallery.