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Samwu protests outside de Lille's office

Samwu members marched to the Cape Town mayor’s office on Monday.

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

CAPE TOWN - A handful of angry City of Cape Town employees believe they are being unfairly treated by the municipality.

The workers, who are members of the South African Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu), have gathered at the Cape Town Civic Centre in the hopes of meeting with Mayor Patricia de Lille about their grievances.

Demonstrators, wearing red Samwu t-shirts, sang and danced in front of the gates leading to the mayor's office while police kept a close eye on the gathering.

The workers represent eight City of Cape Town directorates including health, water and sanitation.

They say they are tired of leaders being unfairly dismissed and are calling for them to be reinstated immediately while others are calling for safer working conditions.

The city's Lwandile Stofile says the mayor will meet with workers next week to discuss their grievances.