Msimanga stands firm over security companies' contract decision

But worker representative Austin Mofya says they won’t settle for anything less than what they have demanded.

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 – Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga says that he has a duty to stabilise the city’s finances and the decision not to renew the contracts of security companies is in line with that.

Hundreds of guards took to the streets this week, demanding the mayor guarantee the employment of nearly 3,000 security personnel contracted to the city.

His spokesperson Samkele Mgobozi says: “There were always going to be tough decisions to be made and this is one such decision because the city can’t simply afford the R850 million contract for security workers.

“And this is not the only contract that the city is looking at, the contract ended and ran its terms and the city is going to try to make responsible decisions into whether or not to renew it.”

But worker representative Austin Mofya says they won’t settle for anything less than what they have demanded.

“We’re not going to accept any loss of jobs for anyone. We’re not going to accept this employment contract being extended, what we demand is an immediate in-sourcing for those who are already affected.”

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