Cash comes hard for Church Square car guards as Oscar trial continues

By Shanaaz Prince
12 March 2014

Car guards managing parking bays outside Church Square at the Gauteng North High Court are fed up as they incur a loss to income after Metro Police forced a handover of parking bays in order to accommodate journalists during the trial.

While everyone is receiving a piece of the pie from the talked about Oscar Pistorius trial, from the public receiving their daily dose of info to Barry Roux getting his fill of interrogating witnesses, everyone seems to be winning. Everyone except for the car guards manning parking bays outside Church Square at the Gauteng North High Court, that is.

Lcal car guards were feeling the "pinch" outside the court after being forced to hand over the parking bays that they manage to Metro police, who are reserving the spots for journalists reporting on the trial, Beeld reported.

Despite the popularity of the trial, car guards aren't happy at the outcome for them, which they said is causing a loss to their income.

“I am losing more than R200 a day,” said Michael Molefe, 36, who has been forced to give up 21 parking slots.

Molefe, who has been a guard for 14 years, told the newspaper: “R200 a day is a lot. I have three children and a wife to look after. My children are at school, I can’t afford to lose the money.”

Enos Napo, 40, also said he was losing about R200 a day, which he needed for his family of five.

Looks like the rain is not the only downer these car guards have to face lately.

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