Cleaners put tools down

2015-06-18 06:01
The workers for Senzakabi/Sky Force are accusing their employer for not paying them, in Khayelitsha.

Mbongiseni Maseko

The workers for Senzakabi/Sky Force are accusing their employer for not paying them, in Khayelitsha. PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

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A group of cleaners are seeing red amid claims of non-payment by their employer.

The 117 workers work for a company called Senzakabi/Sky Force.

They claim their boss Lulama Tom has not paid them since December 2014.

Tom was awarded a tender for six months for cleaning services to the bus interchanges at the Site C taxi rank and other areas.

Zukisani Kota, one of the employees, said Tom has failed to pay them their full salaries from December to March and that she did not pay them at all from April up to date.

The workers have now put their working tools down.

This has been taking pplace since 06 May.

The mess was piling up at Site C taxi rank when City Vision visited on Monday.

Kota said they have tried all possible avenues to raise their dissatisfaction regarding their salaries, but all has proved to be fruitless.

“She failed to pay us from the first month. We tried to talk to her, but she told us a number of stories.

She also failed to honour an affidavit which she made at Harare Police Station that she would pay us on 13 May.

We last heard from her on that day.

She does not take our calls now and she has since moved out on the house where she was renting in Mandela Park.

The City of Cape Town gave the tender to a Bergie (homeless person),” Kota said.

Tom’s cell phone was not answered when we called on Monday and Wednesday.

Joyce Nomfusi Ntakana, one of the employees, said they were badly affected by not being paid.

“I feel very bad, because I have 10 children, including my grandchildren, that I have to take care off.

I have not paid my burial society for months not and they will not pay should anything happen to me or my children.

Clearly the city gave the tender to someone who was not capable of executing the task.

It seems she did not have capital. She ran away now,” Ntakana said.

Ntakana also said they have since written a letter to the city to demand that Tom’s contract is terminated.

The employees are planning to march to the City of Cape Town on Friday to raise their grievances.

Sellecca Lang, media liaison officer for integrated strategic communication, branding and marketing department for the City of Cape Town said the city was looking into this enquiry

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