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Situation tense after protesting Buffalo City Municipality workers lock out fellow staff

Nov 21, 2018
Situation tense after protesting Buffalo City Municipality workers lock out fellow staff

Police in East London said that protesting Buffalo City Municipality workers on Wednesday morning forcefully removed other municipal workers from their offices at the Munifin Centre, Fire Station and Traffic Department, East London.

"Doors were then locked to avoid further unlawful entries into buildings," explained police spokesperson, W/O Hazel Mqala.

She said that at 10:00, approximately 150 members from Supply Chain Office in Cambridge were marching towards the City Hall after making a massive fire in Amalinda Main Road, in East London.

"Recently, approximately 200 employers are at the City Hall being addressed by their Union," W/O Mqala.

"The situation is very tense and disruptive actions are occurring. POPS has been notified."

Protesting Buffalo City Municipality workers downed tools on Tuesday

She said that the disruptions started on Tuesday when Buffalo City Municipality workers affiliated with the South African Municipal Workers' Union (SAMWU) downed tools and ended up disrupting business in King Williams Town and the East London CBD.

Many businesses ended up shut their doors while residents were inconvenienced as the municipal strike turned violent.

Buffalo City Municipality Executive Mayor, Xola Pakati, apologised for the chaos and appealed to the protesters to exercise their rights within the law.

He also said that it is the Metro's understanding that the strike is actually illegal as no dispute has been declared by the union against the municipality.

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