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Mogalakwena Municipality remains at a standstill

The Mogalakwena Municipal buildings in Mokopane, Limpopo where workers have been striking for three weeks. Photo: Review Online.

The Mogalakwena Municipal buildings in Mokopane, Limpopo where workers have been striking for three weeks. Photo: Review Online.

The municipality has since hired outside contractors to provide basic service delivery.

It is now three weeks of no services rendered at the Mogalakwena Municipality in Limpopo since municipal employees downed their tools earlier this month.

More than 300 employees, including those providing essential services such as the provision of household water, maintenance and electricity, downed their tools demanding that their salaries to be benchmarked, Review Online reported.

The office of the mayor, Parks Sebatjane, has since hired outside contractors to provide basic service delivery.

Percy Nketse, representative of the worker force, said a council meeting had been scheduled for today.

“We want to make it very clear the only way of us returning to work is if benchmarking is implemented. We do not want to hear that there is no money as that is a lie.

We have been asking for benchmarking to be implemented since 2012 and they have only made empty promises and nothing has been done so speed up the process.”

Nketse along with three other municipal workers were arrested and charged with public violence two weeks ago.

Nketse appeared before the Mokopane Magistrate’s Court and was released on bail of R500. The case was postponed to 22 April.

“None of the employees were paid, but we see this as a revolutionary month,” he said.

Read More: Mokopane still tense following protest

– Caxton News Service

 

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