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Samwu holds illegal marchers back
24 Feb 2012
Witness Reporter

MSUNDUZI Municipality members of the South African Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) were stopped by their local leadership from embarking on an illegal march to confront the Msunduzi municipal manager, Mxolisi Nkosi, yesterday.

Angry workers wanted to march to the city hall, but they were advised against taking such action by their local secretary, Nkululeko Maphanga, who feared they would be charged with participating in an illegal strike action.

This followed a general meeting where shop stewards reported to their members that the municipality had said on Tuesday it would not reverse its decision to advertise 80 jobs in newspapers.

“We wanted to march to the city hall and confront the management on our grievances, but the union prevented us from taking that route...” said an angry worker who wanted to remain anonymous.

He said the branch might need to remove Maphanga in order for the workers to be heard.

Samwu regional secretary Nokubonga Dinga said the workers felt slighted and were still angry about the fatal shooting of a worker, Musa Zungu, during a strike last year.

“Our local secretary did not prevent our workers from striking. He merely advised them against that because of the consequences they could have suffered,” she said.

— Witness Reporter.

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