THE African Security Congress political party is steadily gaining momentum in the region, with almost 1 000 members registered.
The political party, which says it stands for the rights of security guards and cleaners across the country, was formally registered in April 2017, and says it is confident it has gained enough support to earn a seat in Parliament following this year’s elections.
Party co-ordinator in the region Bongani Ngcele said the formation of the party was long overdue as cleaners have endured endless abuse from employees for a very long time.
“The work of security guards and cleaners is the most strenuous, but they are the most marginalised and ill-treated industries in the employment realm in the country,” said Ngcele.
“Even when Parliament announced that the minimum wage for all employees in the country should be R20 per hour, employers in the security and cleaning industry blatantly ignored these regulations,” said Ngcele.
He said these issues are primarily due to the fact that their services are often outsourced and service providers look to profit from the fees they charge their clients in government.
Among the party’s demands should they be elected, is that outsourcing be eradicated. They want security guards to be paid a minimum of R8 500 per month for an eight-hour working day, and want companies that are non-compliant with government regulations to be done away with.
“There are several non-compliant companies who do not pay the agreed rate of pay, charge workers for uniforms and protective clothing, make employees work under unsafe conditions and are late payers.
These injustices need to be done away with,” said Ngcele.
He said with about 10 million registered security guards alone, the party is confident that it will gain more support.
“We encourage our workers to continue to respect their employers and not cause any unnecessary trouble that might lead to them getting fired even if they are our members, because our aim is not to fight the employer but to secure adequate rights for all who work in security and cleaning companies.”