Chippa Mpengesi

Chippa United have replaced Morgan Mamilla with Kurt Lentjies. Photo: Twitter @MabasaC10

Chippa Mpengesi’s workers strike over two months of no pay

Over 30 workers under Chippa United boss, Siviwe ‘Chippa’ Mpengesi, have gone on strike after not receiving their salaries for two months.

Chippa Mpengesi

Chippa United have replaced Morgan Mamilla with Kurt Lentjies. Photo: Twitter @MabasaC10

More than 200 workers under Siviwe Mpengesi, popularly known as Chippa of Premier Soccer League Club, Chippa United, have reportedly not been paid.

Of the 200, 30 have taken to the streets to demand their salaries, Daily Sun reports.

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The group of 30 security guards – who were striking in front of Cape Town train station – revealed that they only got paid twice this year.

One employee, Akhona Mlindazwe, said that Chippa’s excuses are not going to pay their bills.

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Another worker, Thobela Nkone, said that the reason there are only 30 protestor out of over 200 is because others could not afford transport fare to get to the protest.

“Others do not even have money for transport to come to the protest because we haven’t been paid in a long time. He only paid us twice this year, in January and February,” he said.

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In response to the non-payment issue, Themba Yawa – who is the Chippa Training Academy (CTA) spokesman – blamed the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA).

Yawa said PRASA has failed to honor its contractual obligations in terms of the contract entered with CTA since 2019. He further said that PRASA has failed to adhere to Judge Hlophe’s 2019 ruling.

“They have instead appointed a new service provider which is paid more than R5000 per guard as opposed to what they pay CTA,” Yawa said.

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However, PRASA spokesperson, Andiswa Makanda, said they have made payments to the company according to the invoices submitted and other documentation that are required and in line with Judge Hlophe’s ruling.

“PRASA does so on a monthly basis. We would like to implore the company to communicate to its employees truthfully regarding non-payment of salaries,” Makanda added.