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Update on SAMWU strike in Port Elizabeth (see video)

JULY 9, 2015
Update on SAMWU strike in Port Elizabeth (see video)

Protesting South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU) members have now gathered at the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality's offices, at City Hall in Port Elizabeth, amid a heavy police presence.

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Deputy Mayor, Bicks Ndoni, is expected to accept the protesters' list of grievances on behalf of  Executive Mayor, Danny Jordaan.

Meanwhile, local Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) members have been told that the SAMWU protest march is not a campaign for their political party as a few EFF seemed wanting to use the march to score a few political points.

The protest march began at Greenacres Shopping center, in wet and cold weather, and, in certain roads, brought traffic to a standstill during the busy lunch hour traffic. 

The SAMWU members are reportedly protesting over how Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor, Danny Jordaan, reportedly took away a scarce skills allowance without consulting them.

The marchers claim the Mayor met with all other stakeholders prior to his decision except SAMWU.

More updates to follow.

WATCH: Protest video