Samwu thuggery unacceptable in BCM protest

The DA is concerned about the turn of events during today’s protest at City Hall in East London by members of the South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) when the situation became violent.

The ongoing protest is in connection with demands for a 14th cheque by workers.

The DA fully endorses the right to strike by any person or organisation. However, there seems to be an unfortunate trend of thuggery and hooliganism. The recent incidents in Cookhouse, Molteno and Sterkspruit are testimony to this.

On behalf to the DA, I will engage with our party caucus leader in the Buffalo City Municipality and the MEC for Local Government.

We must ensure that future protests are conducted in an orderly fashion. Grievances should be addressed with sensitivity and prompt resolution.

The DA believes in accountable and responsible governance that will stimulate job creation. On Wednesday the people of Ward 3 voiced their dissatisfaction at the polls with the manner in which the affairs of the Buffalo City Municipality are being managed.

The time for change is now. The DA will continue its march towards winning this Metro.