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BRT staff protest 'corruption'

2009-10-29 19:37

Johannesburg - Disgruntled "volunteer" workers on Johannesburg's Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project protested on Thursday against what they claimed was management corruption.

The workers, employed on a three month contract, handed a memorandum of grievances to mayor Amos Masondo's representative Phakedi Masekela.

"The memorandum brings to the attention of the mayor allegations of corruption in the selection and appointment of support workers in the BRT," said workers' committee chairperson Mfanaufuthi Dumakude.

"We [are] demanding fair treatment in selection, and proper employment contracts."

The support workers included station ambassadors and security staff.

Dumakude said some people paid R600 to get jobs.

"Management is aware of this corruption. They are doing it collectively," he said.

Protesters also tried unsuccessfully to lock BRT stations early on Thursday morning to disrupt operations.

BRT management could not be immediately reached for comment.