Firefighters called to Randburg Post Office protest

Emergency services spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi says there is smoke rising out of the building.

FILE: Police and emergency vehicles park outside the Post Office building in Randburg after protests on 2 September, 2014. Picture: iWitness.

JOHANNESBURG - Firefighters have been called out to the Randburg Post Office following a protest by sacked casual workers.

A handful of people are protesting against their dismissal following a three week unprotected strike.

Officials say they burnt rubbish and blockaded the road in front of the entrance to the post office.

Emergency services spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi says there is smoke rising out of the building.

"There are no flames but we can see smoke so we are investigating if there is a fire and if there are people trapped inside."

Yesterday, the South African Post Office confirmed it dismissed 473 casual workers who were on strike for three weeks.

The employees had called on management to employ them permanently and were sacked after what the Post Office says was a campaign of violence and intimidation.

The strike has caused severe delays in the delivery of mail from the Tshwane and East Rand distribution centres.

The service says it is currently in the process of permanently employing 900 casual workers but was forced to dismiss nearly 500 due to escalating incidents of violence.