'City of Tshwane promised to hire 250 guards per year from 2018 - 2021'

More than 3,000 security guards stand to lose their jobs in September, after the city decided not to renew the contracts of 23 security companies.

FILE: 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 - Disgruntled Tshwane security guards say the City has told them they would employ 250 workers per year in the new insourcing programme from 2018 until 2021.

More than 3,000 security guards stand to lose their jobs in September after the City decided not to renew the contracts of around 25 security companies.

Worker representative Austin Mofye says the city must commit to hiring those who'll be affected.

“If they are saying 250, they should know that it includes only these securities that are currently working for the City of Tshwane. That is one that we are not prepared to even negotiate.”

The City of Tshwane plans to deploy metro police officers as security personnel.

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