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City of Tshwane says not responsible for 3,000 guards set to lose jobs

Hundreds of guards marched to the city's headquarters on Monday demanding that Mayor Solly Msimanga insource them.

About 600 security contract workers gathered at the ChurchSquare in Tshwane, protesting against the city's outsourcing. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The City of Tshwane says it's not responsible for 3,000 outsourced security guards who will lose their jobs when their company's contract expires in August.

Hundreds of guards marched to the city's headquarters on Monday demanding that Mayor Solly Msimanga insource them.

They're employed by around 25 companies whose contracts will expire at the end of August.

In the interim, the city will train over 1,000 metro police officers to fill the posts.

Community Safety MMC Derrick Kissoonduth said: “The companies are responsible for seeing whether they have further contracts for you or they fire you with a package. It is not the responsibility of the city, it is the responsibility of the various security companies.”