Handful of protesters turn up for Samwu march

2016-02-25 14:06

Johannesburg - SA Municipal Workers Union members marched through the streets of Johannesburg on Thursday to deliver a memorandum to government officials. 

They marched to the department of labour, the department of transport as well as the offices of Gauteng Premier David Makhura and Johannesburg mayor Parks Tau.

Initially said to be attended by 15 000 people, about 150 eventually turned up to take part, amid a heavy police presence after protests turned violent in town the day before.

On Wednesday, protesters from the Johannesburg Roads Agency, apparently affiliated with the union, burnt a huge tree branch on one the main roads in the CBD.

A handful of protesters blocked oncoming traffic on Empire Road on Thursday morning.

Their memorandum of demands included employment equity, the rejection of the Tax Amendment Act and conditions of employment.

Some of the marchers also had posters and t-shirts expressing their unhappiness with the e-toll system.

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