Samwu warns of 'unsafe conditions' in Cape Town if demands not met

The SA Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu) has released a statement warning that residents of Cape Town and visitors could be exposed to "unsafe conditions" over the festive season.

Law enforcement members of the union marched to the Civic Centre on Friday to deliver a memorandum of demands to the City.

On Weekend Breakfast, Africa Melane speaks to Samwu Cape Metro regional chairperson, Mzoxolo Miselo.

He says law enforcement officers are unhappy because they are treated differently to employees in other services. This includes alleged inequalities in opportunities for promotion.

It's the treatment that is given to the law enforcement officers in terms of the progression from a law enforcement officer to a senior law enforcement officer.

Mzoxolo Miselo, Cape Metro regional chairperson - Samwu

If the lowest one is on level six, if he wants to move he must apply. If you go to traffic you can move from level seven to nine through advancement.

Mzoxolo Miselo, Cape Metro regional chairperson - Samwu

What we want is for the same to apply in law enforcement as in other services.

Mzoxolo Miselo, Cape Metro regional chairperson - Samwu

Another key demand is for workers employed on three-year contracts by the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) to be absorbed into the law enforcement service.

Miselo says when these EPWP workers complete their contracts they can pose a danger for the community

If that contract is not renewed are you not creating a criminal? You've trained this individual, now you let that individual go and join the unemployed and what happens? He goes out with all the information of law enforcement, also with the experience of how to use a gun.

Mzoxolo Miselo, Cape Metro regional chairperson - Samwu

Contacted by CapeTalk, the City said it would respond to Samwu's grievances on Monday.

Listen to the conversation with Miselo in the audio below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Samwu warns of 'unsafe conditions' in Cape Town if demands not met


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Didintle Khunou ready to deliver 'fresh take' on Rocky Horror Show's Janet

Didintle Khunou ready to deliver 'fresh take' on Rocky Horror Show's Janet

The award-winning actress talks about the new production of the iconic musical and her love for theatre.

'SCA hate speech ruling does not exonerate Jon Qwelane from wrongdoing'

'SCA hate speech ruling does not exonerate Jon Qwelane from wrongdoing'

SAHRC chair Prof. Bongani Majola responds after court rules definition of hate speech must include causing harm.

Examining your options if your Ford Kuga caught alight

Examining your options if your Ford Kuga caught alight

Khulekani On Wheels' Khulekani Dumisa runs through the options available to affected customers after Ford offers R50,000 payout.

'We need to develop more pride in our culinary heritage'

'We need to develop more pride in our culinary heritage'

Acclaimed chef and Eat Out judge Margo Janse says South Africa still needs to create its own cultural language.

1000 Women: Encouraging women to share their stories of police station abuse

1000 Women: Encouraging women to share their stories of police station abuse

In the buildup to 16 Days of Activism, 1000 Women launched its own campaign to highlight how police stations are failing women.

Govt's poor audit outcomes: 'Appointing the right people in key positions vital'

Govt's poor audit outcomes: 'Appointing the right people in key positions vital'

Wits University's Thokozani Chilenga-Butao weighs in on the worrying national and provincial audit outcomes for 2018/19.

Popular articles
[UPDATE] No fatalities in N1 north bus fire

[UPDATE] No fatalities in N1 north bus fire

Passengers and JMPD give details of what led to the fire on the bus.

[VIDEO] Real estate company surprises employees with R740,000 bonus each

[VIDEO] Real estate company surprises employees with R740,000 bonus each

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

[VIDEO] Dad accidentally dunking baby in 20-inch snow goes viral

[VIDEO] Dad accidentally dunking baby in 20-inch snow goes viral

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook videos that have gone viral.

[WATCH] Baby saved from falling off counter while mom shops for a gun goes viral

[WATCH] Baby saved from falling off counter while mom shops for a gun goes viral

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

'Centurion was built in a floodplain, that's the problem,' says environmentalist

'Centurion was built in a floodplain, that's the problem,' says environmentalist

Water and Environment specialist Professor Anthony Turton says Centurion Lake has always been a controversial development.

[WATCH] Woman sharing her most embarrassing moment at parking lot goes viral

[WATCH] Woman sharing her most embarrassing moment at parking lot goes viral

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

[WATCH] Guy asking Siri to change name it calls him has social media in stitches

[WATCH] Guy asking Siri to change name it calls him has social media in stitches

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

Did you know? SA exports electricity to seven countries in Southern Africa

Did you know? SA exports electricity to seven countries in Southern Africa

Senior Researcher at Africa Check Kate Wilkinson shares their latest from their fact-finding missions.