The National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (NEHAWU) in Mahikeng on Monday led a protest outside the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, accusing the department of putting the worker's lives in danger.
According to the union, some of the office spaces in the building were declared uninhabitable by the Department of Labour.
Nehawu’s Mahikeng region chairperson, Zanele Law, said workers urgently need intervention from the department about the status of the building.
“There are offices that have been declared not habitable by the Department of Labour, and those offices have not as yet been rectified and declared to be safe. And yet management insists that staff members should come back, and when they come back they're occupying the very same offices that have been declared unsafe by the Department of Labour. We are demanding solutions from the department,” said Law.
The Agriculture and Rural Development's acting head, Dipepeneneng Serage, said the department is still waiting for the landlord to provide another building to use.
“We have engaged the landlord, as you would know that government departments rent this building from Public Works. As soon as Public Works gives us another building we are packed and ready to go.
"In the meantime we have issued a notice to workers whose offices are not safe. We have allowed them to work from home. Those that are needed even in this difficult situation we will move them to corridors that are better as we address the situation,” Serage said.