Political parties slam eThekwini’s handling of municipal strike

Political parties slam eThekwini’s handling of municipal strike

Political parties in eThekwini have called for clarity on the status of the municipal strike and demanded harsh punishments for those involved. 

eThekwini City Manager Musa Mbhele
Lauren Beukes

City Manager Musa Mbhele delivered a report at a council sitting on Tuesday. 

He said that the majority of striking employees returned to work this week. 

More are expected to resume their duties on Wednesday morning. 

Municipal workers' union, Samwu, also appealed to its members to return to work while negotiations continue.  

The DA's Thabani Mthethwa says there should have been contingency plans.

"We are sitting here, and some areas are experiencing water and electricity outages. It cannot be allowed in a city that lawlessness becomes the order of the day. I was hoping the report would have been clear to say, is the strike still on or not? It is one thing to say we have reported back to work, but they are sitting at the depot and not going out to attend to service delivery issues." 

But the ANC's Nkosenhle Madlala believes the city has the situation under control. 

"We expect to see our workers back on the field working and cleaning up the city and restoring services that were lost. As the ANC, we have full confidence in the mayor, city manager and the HR team that is negotiating with the union.”

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