Contractors threatened to withdraw

2018-03-15 06:00

WITH water problems continuing on the South Coast, contractor companies assigned by Ugu District municipalities have allegedly been threatened by striking Ugu employees to withdraw their services.

A post by Councillor George Henderson on the Ugu Mass Lawsuit Facebook page has confirmed the strike.

Henderson said the post was from Selvan Chetty, the spokesperson of the ANC Lower South Coast region, who [Chetty] initially broadcasted on the Umtentweni WhatsApp group.

The post was as follows: “I was just now on the phone with Ugu senior management regarding the Link Road leak and the fact that repairs not yet done.

I was briefed as follows: Ugu staff are on strike and did not report for duty.

  • The municipality instructed a private contractor who was on site but had to withdraw his services allegedly due to death threats made against them. Security has now been arranged and work is resuming. The leak is a major one and Ugu wants to have it sorted quickly. They apologised to the Tweni residents for the inconvenience.

Chetty was contacted to confirm the post, however, he made it clear that his original post said nothing about a strike. It only confirmed that workers never arrived for work and contractors were assigned by the municipality to do the job.

Chetty said his post may have been edited.

The Fever spoke to Uvongo resident Banise Denimy, who had the contractors working outside his home to fix the burst pipe.

Denimy said the pipe running through his property had a break and it was reported last Thursday. However, no one arrived to repair it until last Saturday. “I did report a pipe break on Thursday and it was only fixed on Saturday by a team who identified themselves as contract workers. I asked the men to shut the water off, however, they didn’t know where to access it. They informed me that the repair was temporary and someone would come back and fix it. The men confirmed that there was a strike at Ugu and also told me about the death threats,” said Denimy.

On Monday, Ugu held a meeting with the unions. The Fever requested comment on the matter, but none was forthcoming.

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