eThekwini contractors working in the 'danger zone'

2015-09-15 11:33


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Durban – The eThekwini municipality’s legal unit is investigating ongoing attacks on municipal contractors while on site, it said on Monday.  

Head of Communications Tozi Mthethwa said the attacks, which have claimed the life of one inspector in KwaMashu, have had a negative financial impact on the city.

“The problem of contactors being assaulted and sometimes killed [on site] started late last year when some local residents picketed and blockaded municipal vehicles, demanded that they be employed.

“The pickets soon escalated into criminality when work equipment and personal belongings were stolen.”

Mthethwa said a meeting between city officials and the disgruntled individuals was held last Friday where grievances were laid on the table. A follow-up meeting is expected later this week.

Senior manager for Water Operations Ashan Nandlal said as a result of the attacks several contractors were now reluctant to join the city’s database.

“Our contractors have had their cellphones, generators, grass cutters, water pumps and other equipment stolen. They have also had their vehicles damaged,” said Nandlal.

He said an inspector was attacked and killed at KwaMashu’s Community Residential Units last year.

The contractors were now sometimes reluctant to respond to emergencies at night.

“If there’s a burst water pipe in an unsafe area, our guys quickly go in and shut down the water, then they go back to fix it in the morning when it’s safer,” he said.

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