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Ugu Municipality and SAMWU clash over protests

Ugu municipal workers embarked on a protest last week calling for the offices to be put under administration following reports of corruption.

IOL reported that discussions became very heated between the unions and the Ugu Municipality which forced acting Ugu mayor Phumilile Mthiyane having to calm the SA Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) members down.

Ugu spokesperson France Zama said in a statement last week that the municipality had been held to ransom by the union over the last few weeks but discussions had been held and a programme of action had be outlined.

Zama hopes this will restore stability with service delivery.

The municipal leadership are concerned that despite creating a conducive working environment, workers have abandoned their workplace and becoming disruptive.

Untrue rumours had been spread that the municipality were struggling to pay salaries,

Samwu were however not happy with the municipalities response and denied holding the municipality ransom.  The unions district chairperson Mthandeni Ngcobo said he would liaise with union members and compile their own evidence which will be presented to the Hawks.