Unions concerned about worker’s safety

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Lentswe, Klerksdorp - Municipal employees fear for their safety and say they feel terrorised and threatened at their place of work.

The staff displayed their dissatisfaction with their situation during a peaceful demonstration at the Matlosana Municipality’s main building on Tuesday 10 March. It is not their only grievance, and Samwu and Imatu union members asked that Municipal Manager (MM) Roger Nkhumise be given special leave pending a court case against him.

Two recent events at the municipality where different groups of people entered the municipal building forcefully, demanding service from the council, led to the picketing.

According to their memorandum, officials lost their belongings, two officials were hospitalised, while others suffered minor injuries. They claim that employees who are raising concerns about maladministration and corruption are victimised, while the same people behind the reign of terror are regularly seen in meetings with the MM.

The employees demand they get the same security the Municipal Manager procured for himself, as well as a bio-metric system and CCTV cameras that operate for 24 hours.

According to them a proper risk assessment must be done at the municipality by a qualified risk assessor.

They demanded a response within 7 working days.

The memorandum was read by Samwu chairperson, Tshidiso Tshoniswa and the workers were addressed by Samwu’s secretary, Oupa Sindi and Imatu’s, John Englishmen.

Delegates from the provincial office of department of Community Safety and Transport Management Rapule Monkoe, Department of Cooperate Governance, Human Settlement and Traditional Affairs Ephraim Motoka and Klerksdorp Station Commander Brig Neville Seymour received the memorandum and promised to respond within 7 working days.