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Protesters accuse Tshwane mayor of being captured by white monopoly capital

The demonstration is mainly by Extended Public Works Programme workers whose contracts have expired. Workers say Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga has done nothing to alleviate unemployment in the city.

Protesters blocked roads in Tshwane on 26 January 2018. Marchers are complaining about the cancellation of the Extended Public Works Programme. Picture: Katleho Sekhotho/EWN

PRETORIA - The “Vat Alles" march is underway in the Pretoria, with frustrated workers making their way from Burgers Park to Tshwane House.

The demonstration is mainly by Expanded Public Works Programme workers whose contracts have expired.

Also leading the march is the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) and members of trade unions the South African Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu) and the Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union.

Crowds of people wearing t-shirts representing different trade unions and organisations have gathered in the Tshwane CBD singing and dancing.

Workers say that Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga has done nothing to alleviate unemployment in the city.

A member of the ANCYL and Samwu Thami Mthethwa says the mayor is just a puppet.

“Because if he is a mayor he is the one who should lead. He should tell the government that this is what we want for our own black people. He’s a black person, but now he’s been captured by this white monopoly.”

He says these marchers have families to feed.

“Even though the ANC was not giving these people permanent employment they were contracted... at least they were giving them something.”

Demonstrators say temporary contract employment is unfair in unpredictable times.