Tshwane Municipality averts illegal strike

The Tshwane Municipality stops a strike by former workers who were allegedly dismissed.

File Picture: Protest in the the Tshwane Municipality. Picture: Christa van der Walt/Eyewitness News.

TSHWANE - The Tshwane Municipality on Friday stopped an impromptu and illegal march by a few hundred former employees who were demanding their jobs back.

The men and woman gathered at the municipality's head office in Madiba Street in the Pretoria CBD, causing minor disruptions.

The Democratic Socialist Movement's Mametlwa Sebei said demonstrators dispersed peacefully but their demands remain.

"The march is unlawful so people have to disperse. If we are dismissed by the municipality and we are given no reasons for such then the people must be reinstated."

In 2012, the Congress of the South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) staged a march through Pretoria city streets against the dismissal of public work employees and corruption.

The municipality had claimed that the 1,500 workers were not, in fact, dismissed but their contracts were not renewed.