Metro cops: We'll make Durban ungovernable

2012-07-20 19:24

Durban - Durban metro police on Friday threatened to make the city ungovernable if municipal manager Sbu Sithole did not meet their demands.

"If this is moving at a snail's pace we will make the city ungovernable," SA Municipal Workers' Union regional secretary Nhlanhla Nyandeni said.

"[Durban metro police head] Eugene Nzama must be removed and we are not willing to compromise," he said.

Metro police officers picketed outside the municipality's office on Friday, calling for Nzama's resignation.

They carried posters reading: "Away with incompetency [sic] of head of metro" and "Farewell Nzama".
"We are struggling because of Nzama," they sang.

Put on special leave

Nyandeni said the city had promised to make contractors permanent employees by July 1. Protesters also wanted unqualified workers to be allowed to attend training.

Nzama returned to work last Monday after being placed on special leave earlier this year. The city's disaster management head Vincent Ngubane replaced Nzama.

Nzama however approached the Durban Labour Court to challenge his special leave and resumed his duties in July.

"We don't understand how Nzama was reinstated, we want answers," Nyandeni said.

Sithole was not in his office to receive a memorandum of demands, and sent his deputy Sipho Cele.
"We are saddened that Sithole didn't come to address us. We wanted to hear it from the horse's mouth so we could hold him accountable," Nyandeni said.

A metro police employee who spoke on condition of anonymity said: "We don't want Nzama, he is abusing us because he doesn't want us to be hired as permanent workers."

Issue getting attention

Municipal spokesperson Thabo Mofokeng said the city still intended converting contract workers to permanent employees.

"Nzama's issue is receiving attention. He also has rights as an employee."

Earlier Durban's main street, Dr Pixley ka Seme Road (West Street), was blocked to traffic as the group protested outside City Hall.

On Thursday Nyandeni said that they would go ahead with the lunch-time picket, despite not officially having been informed that they had been granted permission.

  • EricksonTL - 2012-07-20 19:38

    FIRE THEM! Seriously - law enforcement threatening this sort of thing? They don't deserve their jobs.

      fussed.anderson - 2012-07-21 08:36

      Call the cops, quick

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-07-21 17:14

      That is mutiny and a threat to civilians. The government is no longer in charge.

      tw2066 - 2012-07-22 03:19

      The Metro Police - the new recruits - are usless. They have the noooo SA mentality of arrogance and you owe me. I agree fire the lot. Whenever I deal with this lot of clowns I get frutrated. Firstly, the stupid people at the call centre are impossible to deal with. Then the cops themselves are useless. I worry because most of the REAL Metro police have left already to make way for the new AA inspired wekkkas,

  • fussed.anderson - 2012-07-20 19:38

    Reap what you sew, Your creation has come back to haunt you "foreva"

  • fussed.anderson - 2012-07-20 19:47

    How do you make the city ungovernable, it already is and without your help aswell

      gareth.mckerrell - 2012-07-21 09:14

      hahaha so true!!

  • Lacrimose - 2012-07-20 19:59

    I think the KZN taxi-drivers already beat you to it

  • willie.dique - 2012-07-20 20:16

    Fire them , they do not deserve their posisitions!!! Incompetent or Lazy!!! This country needs a leader with courage and spirit to lead the people to the freedom of these type of things.

  • raymond.abrahamse - 2012-07-20 20:21

    Won't make much difference,the whole country is ungovernable.

      john.lonsdale.5 - 2012-07-21 07:27

      The Taxi drivers have beaten them to it?

  • Thabo@Shaku - 2012-07-20 20:29

    Tough-talk coming from our law enforcement!

  • faizieishlah.shabalala - 2012-07-20 20:32

    That statement is an act of rebellion, a threat to the state. He needs to be arrested. Many times worse than "The Spear"

  • thulasizweb.m - 2012-07-20 20:39

    We fully behind you...away with Nzama !!!

      tw2066 - 2012-07-20 21:04

      Who is the "we"? You - I am not Unionised, I can fight on my own battles without my buddies like union cadres do. And, I dont make my problems everyone elses like the unions, and I dont break laws like the unions.The union can go to .... aw forget it, you will never understand.

  • Ditantane - 2012-07-20 20:46

    whats up with zulus. It was taxi drivers acting crazy, politicians killing each other, two-head is destroying our country, and there was some ndunas in MK combat uniform @ Thohoyandou beating youths and pepper spraying pensioners to death and now is their metros.

      gareth.mckerrell - 2012-07-21 09:15

      I still dont get why MK vetrans wear camo in 2012??

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-21 13:14

      Gareth, they wear the gard to look important. Most never saw action and all belonged to the RASC[run away someone's coming] brigade. That's why the uniforms stay so new.

  • tw2066 - 2012-07-20 20:51

    Keystone cops ... Africa??!! The revoloosheen no doubt....

  • gerasimos.komnenus - 2012-07-20 21:05

    Sorry Metro Mops , but Zuma and the rest of the ANC circus beat you to it! It seems to be a matter of pride with the clowns that rule is that the one who causes the most chaos is the winner. Viva Africa Viva

  • noel.meier - 2012-07-20 21:12

    These are Metro Cops ?? What happened to the old City Police who were such a pleasure and made Durban so different to other cities in SA ? I sincerely hope that any actions taken by these halfwits to make the city ungovernable is recognised as being treasonable and the offenders are shot on sight. Is this too much to hope for ?

  • rasthami.m1 - 2012-07-20 21:29

    Well in my opinion metro policing should be disbanded you are nothing but posers who are a no good bunch quick to pocket bribery ,your ineffectiveness exhibits its self with an a large number of drives who unlicensed on the roads and cars and taxis which are not roadworthy roaming around,hawkers constantly being abused at your hands for trivial matters ,illegal dumping perpuating ,what exactly are you mandated to do ?!

      sharon.a.marks.9 - 2012-07-21 17:53

      @ oneway - i grew up in durban,thank god i left it has become a sh-thole

  • tommo.too - 2012-07-21 02:23

    Ours must be the only country in the world where police make the place ungovernable. Next the gangs will be making the law. Its all backwards.

  • Andrew M - 2012-07-21 07:16

    This is the state of our nation, if you do not like something or someone threaten anarchy as in ungovernable. Unions act and threaten at will and because they are part of Cosatu no action is brought to bear. We have a Banana Republic in the making where all and sundry do as they please.

  • john.lonsdale.5 - 2012-07-21 07:25

    Metro cops: We'll make Durban ungovernable. Your to late, that has already been achieved by the Government.

  • ArchAngel - 2012-07-21 07:37

    SEDITION! Should be arrested and put in jail for life. Tough talk requires even tougher action. Try that here, matey .... **BOOM-BOOM** (head-shot) No more talk.

  • charnelle.bester - 2012-07-21 07:49

    I stand firm, away with labour brokers taking advantage of the working class people! Perhaps by offering these people decent trainig and a good pension and medical aid fund they might become less despondent, they might be seen as bodies of authorities rather then down righ pains in the a%*@$. The perception of having a safe journey to and from work might be increased, rather then the feeling of having to put money aside for the next "Spot Fine", and when you get pulled over, you might just find that they greet you, explain to you why you are being pulled over and possibly fined rather then calling you by your last name, telling you to go back to your country after throwing your licence at you and woddling away to their unmarked vehicle. However they contradict themselves in their sense of entitlement, by stating that they will make the city ungovernable, shows their sense of work ethic, it also shows that they are not willing to serve the community but use it for their own best interest, use it as ammunition, almost as if they are holding "their" city at ransom. Perhaps thats why these metro cop pig heads, wont ever go permanent with that attitude.

      gerald.parker.9847 - 2012-07-21 08:53

      What have labour brokers go to do with this? My opinion is Do not go go a labour broker to find work because if nobody went to them then they (the labour brokers) would not exist.If you do not like your boss or the way the company or department is run then find another job and leave the one where you are unhappy. Just remember that the unions destroyed England as the industrial centre of the world so can the unions in this country do the same.

      sharon.a.marks.9 - 2012-07-21 17:55

      do away with the unions first - its because if them that there are labour brokers,you employ people and three months down the line they strike and try to close your business

  • terence.wessels - 2012-07-21 08:06

    Fire the lot of them. Completely useless bunch anyway.

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2012-07-21 09:45

    Don't work for some one who exploits you. If you unhappy take ur lunchbox and jacket , go work for a more accommodating boss.

  • lynn.syme.1 - 2012-07-21 13:04

    *drumroll* he he he - just like the struggle days then? Africa's way of resolving problems. Cause chaos by means of creating an atmosphere that leads to violence and destruction. Well done.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-21 13:11

    Ungovernable?. Isn't it that already?.

  • Robert - 2012-07-21 17:53

    The whole country is ungoverned / able - so do something creative in Durbs and make a real difference!

  • JamesMWood - 2012-07-21 17:54

    They carried posters reading: "Away with incompetency [sic] of head of metro" and "Farewell Nzama". "We are struggling because of Nzama," they sang. hopefully they'll do the same to the ANC soon

  • joseph.tettey.9 - 2012-07-21 19:47

    When you employ hooligans as workers they dont add value but destroy the system.These are unskilled and need further education to be employable. They dont want to be educated and trained yet want to be employed throw the barrel of the Gun.The Metro police is in shambles everywhere.

  • John - 2012-07-21 20:47

    Disband and dismiss the lot. They do not have the mind set of public SERVANT. They are a financial collection agency. They collect firstly for themselves and if not successful then for their masters. They have absolutely nothing to do with governing. They are supposed to bring about an orderly peace so that their employers, we the electorate can enjoy a peaceful and prosperous coexistance. They do nothing of the sort. All they want is MONEY. Every piece of local government. FIRE THE USELESS PARACITES.

  • John - 2012-07-21 21:21

    2800 fewer thugs on the road. Oh how peaceful it was on Friday. Please keep on striking. When the whole Metro Police FORCE is dumped we may be able to start up with a PEACE OFFICER SERVICE that may SERVE the needs of the community that employ them. We do not need a bunch of thugs who suffer the delusion that they are the MASTERS of those PRIVATE MEN and WOMEN that employ these Metro Polce thugs. They are to SERVE under the CONSTITUTION the highest law of the country of our birth. 2800*10000*12=R28 million

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-07-22 14:01

    really, this country is already almost ungovernable, so whats new. The problem, we have COSATU, NUMSA, SACP, ANCYL TAXI INDUSTRY NOW METRO COPS. Goodness, all these organisations trying to rule, this while our pressie roams the continent collecting paperwork for the CV'S.

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