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Protesting Huawei staff baffled by police action against them

The workers claim Huawei terminated their contracts via SMS on Tuesday with no official documentation.

Police load arrested Huawei employees, who were protesting outside the company’s offices in Sandton, into a van. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Dismissed Huawei workers who took their protest to Grayston Drive say they don’t understand why police shot at them.

The group of about 200 employees on Wednesday refused to clear the road, bringing Sandton traffic to a standstill until management at the electronics company addressed them.

Police used rubber bullets and stun grenades to disperse them.

The workers claim Huawei terminated their contracts via SMS on Tuesday with no official documentation.

One man says the text message instructed them to return all company property with immediate effect, and he doesn’t understand why police shot.

“We were queueing to hand over the keys, as they had asked us to bring back their properties, then the police started shooting at us. We have no idea why they were shooting at us.”

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At least 12 people were arrested.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)