Bhamjee ‘involved in strike crisis’

2014-11-03 00:00

UMGUNGUNDLOVU District Mayor Yusuf Bhamjee has been fully involved in trying to resolve the strike crisis at the municipality, UMDM municipal manager Sibusiso Khuzwayo told The Witness on Friday.

Khuzwayo was responding to a report in the newspaper that Bhamjee’s voice was absent in the current crisis.

Bhamjee had also contacted The Witness on Thursday evening to say that he was fully involved in attempting to sort out the crisis. However, his call came after deadline and his response could not be printed in the paper. The Witness had reported that Bhamjee could not be reached.

The mayor said that he always returned his calls to the newspaper and that when his phone went to voicemail, an SMS should have been sent to him and he would have come out of his meeting and responded. He said he had not spoken out so far because he was involved in the negotiations with members

Khuzwayo said the mayor had been involved in the negotiations with the unions and the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, hence the decision by the municipality that he as municipal manager would be the spokesperson on the strike. He said the mayor was at work every day during the crisis.

On Friday The Witness reported on the violence, sabotage and intimidation behind the strike at UMDM, as has been revealed in court papers lodged with the Durban Labour Court.

The municipality succeeded in getting an interim order stopping the strike on the basis that it was illegal, had become violent and involved the sabotage of water supplies to residents served by the municipality.

The union’s response to the order will be heard on Wednesday, November 5.

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