The South African Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu) brought the City of Tshwane to a complete standstill on Monday, demanding an 18% pay hike.
Protestors used buses and trucks to barricade different routes in and out of the CBD, creating a major traffic nightmare.
To discuss this ongoing protest, Bongani Bingwa chats to Tshwane acting mayor Abel Tau and Samwu regional secretary Mpho Tladinyane.
We have learnt as well that the bus drivers have gone back to blockading the roads. I have been in talks trying to sort this issue out until the early hours of this morning. We had an undertaking that all the buses will be moved as these are conditions that we cannot negotiate under. The point is that this strike is illegal and that should be the starting point of everything.— Abel Tau, Acting mayor - City of Tshwane
The acting mayor says buses that were blockading routes on Monday were moved to Tshwane house, however, drivers then dismantled the busses mechanics preventing the vehicle from starting.
What also happened was that we had Samwu members picketing and rioting in front of the buses which intimidated the mechanics that were supposed to come and fix the buses. They then threatened the tow trucks.— Abel Tau, Acting mayor - City of Tshwane
Tladinyane says the acting mayor has not engaged with them.
We have heard that the Tau had meetings with certain individuals, however, that was not organisational. We were supposed to have a meeting with the acting mayor around 6 pm but we couldn't because he was in another meeting. We then agreed to meet today. If there was another engagement at around 2 am, which we are not privy to the developments, it then becomes very problematic. Because he didn't engage the leadership.— Mpho Tladinyane, Tshwane regional secretary - Samwu
When asked as to whether the buses were still blockading the streets, Tladinyane had this to say:
I am not privy to that, when we left the CBD last night, the buses were parked at the municipal headquarters, so if you say Madiba Street might be blockaded, that could be true. We cannot guarantee whether or not it is Samwu members who are barricading the streets.— Mpho Tladinyane, Tshwane regional secretary - Samwu
Listen below to the full interview: