Tshwane security guards accuse Msimanga of avoiding to address insourcing issue

Hundreds of guards marched in Tshwane on Monday, demanding the retention of more than 3,000 workers whose jobs are on the line.

Security personnel marched from Church Square in Tshwane to the Tshwane House to demand the city's Mayor Solly Msimanga to stop outsourcing to security firms. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Security guards contracted to the City of Tshwane say Mayor Solly Msimanga has avoided addressing their demands regarding the insourcing of security services in the city.

Hundreds of guards marched in Tshwane on Monday, demanding the retention of more than 3,000 workers whose jobs are on the line.

Outsourcing Must Fall's Austin Mofya said, “The mayor has been duck and diving instead of talking to us as the people who are representing those affected workers, he’s been addressing the media. We made it clear that we must hear from his mouth; we’re not going to accept any loss of jobs for anyone.”

The mayor has dismissed these claims, his office says he's delegated people who will meet with the workers’ representatives on Friday.

Mayoral spokesperson Samkelo Mgobozi said, “The mayor, unfortunately, is only one person and cannot attend to all disgruntled members of society and that is why there is a city manager, who has agreed to a meeting. He is responsible for procurement in the city and has agreed to such a meeting where he will outline the city’s long term plan with regards to the security contracts.”

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