'Cape Town bosses are liars'

Samwu accused City of Cape Town bosses of lying about jobs created by the Expanded Public Works Programme.

Municipal workers marched to the Cape Town Civic Centre on 5 July 2012. Picture: Malungelo Booi/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) on Thursday accused city bosses of lying.

It disputed Cape Town bosses' claims that 11,000 jobs were created via the Expanded Public Works Programme.

Hundreds of people, some of whom participated in the initiative, marched to the Civic Centre earlier, demanding the city employs them on permanent basis.

Others want the city to reinstate them after their contracts ended in June.

Samwu's Mario Jacobs while addressing city officials said, "All you have done is to recycle job opportunities from one poor, unemployed person to another with no prospect of that leading to quality permanent employment."

The marchers' memorandum was accepted by acting City Manager, Mike Marsden.