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Protesting Social Workers attempt to burn down East London Social Development offices

BY YOLANDA PALEZWENI - APRIL 13, 2017
Protesting Social Workers attempt to burn down East London Social Development offices

Police in East London have launched investigations after a group of disgruntled Social Workers attempted to burn down the building housing the Eastern Cape Department of  Social Development offices  in East London on Wednesday afternoon.

Speaking to RNEWS, Social Development Manager, Mthuthuzeli Njungwini, said that it is alleged that the fire was started by their angry staffm, who are currently on a strike and demanding better working conditions.

“About 40 workers, who are on strike had meeting here today. They went out and almost immediately afterwards, secutity guards on duty alerted all staff, who were inside the building that there was fire on the first floor.

"Everyone, who was in the building at the time, managed to escape,” described Njungwini.

He also alleged that the protesters had emptied all fire extinguishers in the building to ensure that fire causes enough damage to the building before it could be extinguished.

Njungwini added that another Social Development office in Mdantsane, near East London, had also been burnt on the same afternoon.

According to Buffalo Municipality fire fighters, who arrived at the scene, the mostly paperwork and office furniture was damaged in the fire. 

The workers are also alleged to have slashed the tyres of several Social Development vehicles that were parked on the premises.