Samwu to go on mass action against City Power

Samwu’s Livhuwani Mammburu says the strike will be protected and continue indefinitely.

FILE: Samwu protesters have regrouped outside the civic centre in Cape Town after police launched stun grenades at them. Picture: Xolani Koyana/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) says it has obtained a strike certificate and will go ahead with its mass action against City Power from 19 October.

The union says it's unhappy with the utility's response to allegations of corruption lodged against its acting MD Sicelo Xulu.

They claim City Power's board chairperson, Reverend Frank Chikane, has allowed for such actions to happen during his tenure.

Samwu's Paul Tlhabane says the strike will be protected and continue indefinitely.

"It has got nothing to do with salary, except where certain individuals were given an increase of 14 percent outside policy, to the exclusion of the majority of employees of City Power."

Meanwhile City Power says it's concerned by the unjustified allegations lodged against its management.

It says on numerous occasions it's asked the union to provide evidence of their allegations which they have not done.

City Power's Yumna Sheik says, "Despite the issue on the chairperson of the board, they had been asked to bring some information forward to be able to investigate and act on it. To date, however, we have not received that information."

City Power said its infrastructure has been declared a national key point and any threat to it being illegally switched off warrants prosecution.

Sheik said, "We just need to reiterate that the infrastructure of City Power is declared as a national key point. Any deliberate and illegal tampering of this property will constitute an act that is subject to criminal prosecution."

Earlier this week, the utility expressed concern over the proposed strike saying that it would be an act of sabotage.