Samwu distances itself from MMC’s petrol bombed house

Matshidiso Mfikoe’s house was partially damaged when a group torched it on Wednesday.

FILE: City of Johannesburg’s Environment and Infrastructure MMC Matshidiso Mfikoe. Picture: @CityofJoburgZA.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) has distanced itself from violent action which resulted in the City of Johannesburg's MMC's house being petrol bombed.

Matshidiso Mfikoe's house was partially damaged when a group torched it on Wednesday.

Mfikoe is one of the main officials engaged in talks with the union to bring an end to the nearly month long Pikitup strike.

The union's deputy regional chair Vuyani Singonzo says its members have nothing to do with the violent action.

"It has nothing to do with the strike. Our labour matter we have is with the City of Johannesburg. We view that as an act that wants to divert our attention to other matters and we are not going to allow that."

Mayor Parks Tau's spokesperson Phindile Chauke says police are now investigating a case of arson.

"We do know that there is an ongoing illegal strike and we know that the MMC is responsible for the portfolio oversee the entity that is involved which is Pikitup. But we cannot assume that because of that the workers were involved. That's why we are saying it is a criminal matter now."