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JHB Zoo secures interdict ordering striking employees to return to work

Children who came to the zoo today will have the cost of their next trip covered by Johannesburg City Parks.

School children were left stranded outside of Johannesburg Zoo amid a strike by workers over salaries on 4 March 2016. Picture: Thando Kubheka/EWN.
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JOHANNESBURG - Johannesburg City Parks says it’s secured an urgent interdict, ordering striking employees at the Johannesburg Zoo to return to work.

The facility was forced to close its doors today, due to an unprotected strike over salaries.

Officials say even if striking workers don’t comply with the interdict, the zoo will be open this weekend, through the help of volunteer staff.

School children who were bussed to the zoo today will have the cost of their next trip covered by Johannesburg City Parks.

Spokesperson Jenny Moodley says, “It is our responsibility, especially if they have taken the time to travel themselves with buses and so on. We have to find a way to accommodate all these many kids that approached the zoo this morning for their annual visit. We will go the extra mile to make sure this happens.”

INTIMADTION OF VOLUNTEERS AND STAFF

Johannesburg City Parks says some non-striking volunteers at the Johannesburg Zoo have been subjected to intimidation by employees who are demonstrating for better salaries.

A private security company has been hired to guarantee their safety.

Moodley says, “There is a very visible presence of policing while these duties are being carried out. We would like to assure volunteers and staff that are still working at the zoo that we have put all measures in place to guarantee their safety.”

WATCH: Zoo closed infinitely due to workers’ strike

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)

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