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Court interdicts striking Kouga municipal workers

08 March 2017
Striking workers at Jeffreys Bay. Photo: Robbie Irlam

Striking workers at Jeffreys Bay. Photo: Robbie Irlam

The Labour Court in Port Elizabeth granted an order against the striking Kouga Municipality workers this morning.

The strikers, from the South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU), have been protesting since Monday and have vandalised municipal property and trashed the main roads in both Jeffreys Bay and Hankey.

“The Court has interdicted the members of SAMWU from organising and participating in any unprotected strike action currently embarked upon,” said Kouga Mayor Elza Van Lingen.

“It furthermore interdicts SAMWU members from destroying or damaging property belonging to Kouga Municipality and prohibits them from intimidating non-striking employees of the municipality,” she added.

The municipal office in Jeffreys Bay is open to the public and the roads in the CBD are open to traffic.

The strikers threw trash and raw sewerage on the streets of Jeffreys Bay and around the municipal building in Da Gama Road on Monday and Tuesday.

The Mayoral Committee of the Kouga Council will be meeting this afternoon to determine the way forward.

Charges have been laid with the South African Police Service due to Council property being destroyed during the strike.