Ekurhuleni metro cops on strike

Officers want a number of internal issues to be sorted out by the municipality.

Around 300 Ekurhuleni metro police officers have embarked on an illegal strike. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Around 300 Ekurhuleni metro police officers went on strike on Monday morning.

Officers said they were furious at a number of internal issues and want the municipality to sort it out soon.

South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) shop steward Dominic Phala said, "We have decided to embark on a strike because we've been negotiating with our employer, but they refuse to come on board and are send junior management to deal with us. They are depriving us of our right to senior management."

Meanwhile, the municipality said it has applied for a court interdict as the strike is illegal.

Ekurhuleni municipality's Sam Modiba said legal action will be taken against all metro officers who stop work.

"Whoever is participating in such industrial action would have to face the necessary consequences, which means normal pay rules apply and disciplinary action can be taken against those people."

A motorist said the officers' protest was affecting traffic.

"There are about 20 to 25 metro cops travelling very slowly in front of the cars and there's no one in front of them."