Tshwane guards want permanent jobs, pay rise
MORE than 300 security guards gathered in Church Square, Pretoria, yesterday before marching to the new council chambers demanding permanent positions and salary increments.
The workers claim the Tshwane municipality plans to retrench more than 3 000 security guards and replace them with newly trained Tshwane metro police cadets. They are also demanding that their monthly salaries be adjusted to R10 000.
Isaac Ngwenya, a security guard and leader of the march, said they had tried to communicate with the mayor several times, but had been unsuccessful.
“What we want is for the mayor to sit down with us and we come with a proper solution that will not affect the lives of people. How can 3 000 people be retrenched to stay at home? We are breadwinners and we have families to feed.”
The group also accused mayor Solly Msimanga of lying and ignoring their demands despite writing him several letters. “He is busy telling the media that we are sent by different political parties to cause distraction. We are not from the ANC, EFF or representing any political party; we are here as workers.”
Themba Ncalo, from the General Industries Workers Union of South Africa, said the problem which sparked the dissatisfaction among the security guards was the negative treatment from the municipality.
“We are calling on the municipality to insource the security guards rather than dumping them in the street.
“If Solly and his council are not going to insource these people, we are going to disrupt the ANC national conference in December.”
The union threatened to shut down municipal centres, including licensing departments.
“If we suffocate the money that is supposed to come to the municipality, it will be a language that they will understand,” Ncalo said.
The mayor’s office dismissed the claims made by the security guards.
“Today’s protest action comes as a surprise.
“In dealing with the issue of security guards, it is important to note that the city council could not continue paying in excess of R200 million a year to the existing security companies. It is well known that R200m a year is simply unsustainable for the council when there are other, more affordable options at our disposal,” Msimanga said. – ANA
DISCONTENT: Former security guards who worked for companies that were contracted by the City of Tshwane marched to the office of mayor Solly Msimang demanding to be insourced by the municipality.