Strike by KZN civil servants goes ahead peacefully

2010-07-30 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal Public Service Association (PSA) strike action by 12000 public servants, which took place yesterday, was a peaceful one, according provincial spokesperson Mbongeni Mbanjwa.

“Our strike action was a peaceful demonstration because we know what we want,” Mbanjwa said.

He said they are going to embark on a stay-away today and that they will intensify their actions if their demands are still not met.

Home Affairs Department spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa said the strike had no major impact on the provision of essential services offered by the department such as immigration and civics services.

He said that only four percent of the 8 000 staff members employed by Home Affairs did not report for duty in support of the strike action.

Areas that were most affected were the O.R. Tambo International and Cape Town International airports.

Home Affairs reassured the public that it will continue to render essential services to ensure there is no disruption to traveller and tourist movement in and out of the country, while delivering critical services to citizens with regard to the issuing of passports, identity documents, permits and various certificates.

Chris Maxon, provincial spokesperson for the Health Department, said there was nobody in his department who was on strike.

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