City security guards dig in heels, want full-time jobs

Most of the protesters are security guards, who face retrenchment if Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga decides to use metro police for security operations.

Disgruntled security workers held an illegal march to Tshwane House on Monday morning.

They demanded a meeting with Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga and caused major disruptions to CBD traffic.

Madiba Street had to be closed off by police as protesters had blocked the road.

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The security workers were marching under the banner of the General Industries Workers Union of SA.

Union spokesman Austin Mofya said 27 security companies employ about 3 000 security guards who provide services at various municipal buildings and facilities around Tshwane.

Tshwane metro is in the process of cancelling contracts with the companies in favour of using metro police for security operations.

This will render the 3 000 guards jobless.

Mofya said they did not want any of their members to face retrenchment.

He insisted the city absorb the security officers as permanent employees and those already retrenched be reinstated.

“The mayor is the one who has made the decision that these workers must be jobless. We want him to withdraw the decision,” said Mofya.

“There are other ways of dealing with this, instead of harshly terminating the employees’ contracts.”

Msimanga was not available to address the marchers, but said in a statement the city could not continue paying the security guards while there were cheaper alternatives.

“Today’s protest action comes as a surprise. In dealing with the issue of security guards it is important to note the city could not continue paying in excess of R200 million a year to the security companies,” said Msimanga.

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“R200 million a year is simply unsustainable for the city when there are other, more affordable options at our disposal.”

Last week he told the media 1 187 metro police officers were available to provide security services at the city’s facilities at a far cheaper rate than that of the security companies.

Unions representing the security workers will meet on Thursday to plan for a meeting with a mayoral representative expected to be held Friday.

An affected security guard, Steve Mashigo, said it pained him that they were facing this plight.

“Most of us are breadwinners in our families and this income is what we use to survive,” said Mashigo.

“What are we going to do now?”

Most of the protesters are security guards, who face retrenchment if Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga decides to use metro police for security operations.

Protesters held up placards demonstrating their frustration. Photo: Liam Ngobeni

Protesters demanded to see Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga to urge him to withdraw his decision to use metro police for security operations. Photo: Liam Ngobeni

Protesters outside Tshwane House.

Memebers of the General Industries Workers Union of SA marched to Tshwane House on Monday. Photo: Liam Ngobeni

Memebers of the General Industries Workers Union of SA marched to Tshwane House on Monday.

Protesters outside Tshwane House. Photo: Liam Ngobeni

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Liam Ngobeni
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