The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in Tshwane have issued a stark warning of their intention to lead a demonstration in solidarity with the numerous municipal workers who have recently faced dismissal from their positions.
Over 100 workers associated with the South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) found themselves unemployed due to their participation in protests centred on the city administration’s rejection of a proposed 5.4% salary increment, as reported by Eyewitness News.
These dismissals followed the persistence of the workers’ protests even after the city had secured an interim court order to halt the strike.
While the municipal authorities have repeatedly asserted their inability to meet the demands for increased wages, the EFF contends that the fundamental rights of these workers are under threat.
The underlying cause of the workers’ discontent stems from municipal employees in the City of Tshwane who have gone without a salary increase for three years, a principal catalyst for their ongoing demonstrations.
However, with the city’s dire financial challenges, the Democratic Alliance (DA) government remains resolute against immediate salary hikes.
Obakeng Ramabodu, EFF’s regional chairperson, expressed that intensifying the demonstrations might be the sole means of compelling the city administration to heed the workers’ grievances.
Ramabodu’s words echoed, “Let’s mobilise entire communities and effectively bring this town to a standstill for days, signaling to the nation that a semblance of government is lacking here. The complacency shown towards this government has emboldened figures like [Cilliers] Brink to display arrogance.”
In a recent instance, the DA and the ActionSA coalition chose not to participate in a council meeting convened for discussions on the recent spate of protests.
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