Protesters blast the EFF ‘sell

Picture: Bongani Shilulbane

Protesters blast the EFF ‘sell-outs’ as 3,000 security jobs to be lost in Tshwane

Guards in the city face a terribly uncertain time

Protesters blast the EFF ‘sell

Picture: Bongani Shilulbane

The City has terminated their contracts with private security firms, leading to 3,000 jobs being axed. The protesters turned out in their numbers to march to the EFF offices.

Tshwane is instead looking to replace these guards with an increase in Metro police officers. This has angered them even further, as on-duty officers have reportedly been intimidated during the march.

They are aggrieved that the EFF – who have given their support to the DA administration to oppose the ANC – have sold out to the ‘white’ Democratic Alliance.

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The guards submitted their demands to City Manager Moeketsi Mosola, who received a three-day deadline to act on their ultimatum. Ultimately, Mosola responded by saying that Tshwane ‘was not in a position’ to hire them.

Outside of Tshwane House on Pretorius Street, the protesters turned their vitriol towards DA Mayor Solly Msimanga, chanting detrimental slogans about him and his administration. Msimanga was unavailable to address the gathering, however.

Tshwane’s EFF leader Obakeng Ramabodu rejected the claims he had sold out, and assured guards this issue is of the highest importance to the party:

“We are not going to sell you out. We know our constituency. Allow us to lead and judge us when we fail. You are not fighting with us. This issue has even reached the ears of the commander-in-chief (Julius Malema). We are going to fight for you to be insourced. No mayor will tell us that there is no money.”

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Ramabodu even managed to take a swipe at the previous ANC regime, saying it was their job to ensure the job security of the guards when they were in power.

It seems that no-one is doing that well to protect the people employed to protect us.