Simon Mathe: I'm not guilty of contempt of court

A court ruled Mathe and Samwu were in contempt of court as they continued to incite Pikitup workers to strike.

FILE: Pikitup employees affiliated to Samwu embarked on an unprotected strike through the streets of Johannesburg. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - South African Municipal Workers Union's (Samwu) general secretary Simon Mathe says he doesn't understand why the Labour Court found him guilty of contempt of court, when he never received any documents about an interdict against the union's Pikitup strike.

Yesterday the court ruled Mathe and the union were guilty of contempt of court, because they continued to incite workers at Pikitup to strike, after the company had won an interdict against them.

Rubbish piled up around Johannesburg for over a month amid fears it could prove to be a health-hazard.

Mathe says he wasn't directly involved in the strike.

"I have never received anything; whether an interdict or an intention to interdict the strike. There was no document that was served to me personally. I still welcome the decision of the court."