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Strike continues into second day

07 March 2017
Striking workers at Jeffreys Bay. Photo by Robbie Irlam

Striking workers at Jeffreys Bay. Photo by Robbie Irlam

The strike by SAMWU members in the employ of Kouga Municipality has continued into a second day.

Unfortunately, there has been further damage to Council property, including the entrance gate to the municipal building in Jeffreys Bay that was broken open. Human faeces was also thrown at a building in Humansdorp.

“We were advised by the South African Police Service to send our staff home as there was concern for their safety,” said Kouga Mayor Elza Van Lingen.

“The strikers once again trashed the CBD in Jeffreys Bay and we have received reports that the streets in Hankey have also been trashed,” added Van Lingen.

In a terse stand-off, the police told the strikers to disperse in Jeffreys Bay, an instruction with which they eventually complied.

“We have requested our Municipal Manager, Mr Sidney Fadi, to engage with Council’s lawyers to ensure we follow the correct legal processes when dealing with the striking workers,” said Van Lingen.

“I would like to thank all the business owners in the CBD for their help in cleaning up the streets that were trashed by the strikers. Your help is highly appreciated,” she concluded.