Protesting workers set alight municipal office

2016-06-08 06:00

MANDENI Municipality workers embarked on a violent protest on Monday morning over extended working hours on Fridays.

KZN SAPS spokesperson, Captain Nqobile Gwala said the protesting workers set alight the municipality’s technical department offices but no injuries were reported.

“The police are at the scene to stabilise the situation. A case of public violence has been opened for investigation and no arrests have been made,” said Gwala on Monday.

The workers – reportedly organised as members of the South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU) – have issues with the extended working hours on Fridays.

The workers want to knock-off from work at 2pm, but council took a decision awhile back that the hours should be extended to 4pm, according to the municipality’s communications officer Mdu Manzi.

Mandeni Mayor Siphesihle Zulu said the meeting scheduled for Tuesday, 9am, was not held because SAMWU representatives were a no show.

He said an estimate of 30 workers were on strike causing damage to municipal property.

He said such actions cannot be tolerated and those responsible for the damage should face the law.

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