The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) has noted with concern the sporadic acts of violence within the City of Tshwane. The Union condemns these acts of violence which seek to undermine the legitimate demands by workers in the City. We reiterate that our members are, and have always been at work, the Union has not sanctioned any strike action. 

We are of the view that by dragging its feet in resolving the salary increase impasse between itself and its employees, the City has created an opportunity for opportunistic and criminal elements to hijack the noble demands by workers. These are our members who have been targeted. 

Those are tools of trade which our members should be using to deliver services to residents. Municipal workers are also residents of this City, they have no interest whatsoever in interrupting service delivery as they too will be affected. 

We have, however, warned the City that it’s mishandling of the impasse will have severe consequences for both the City and employees given the conducive environment created for opportunists. Cllr Brink should just swallow his pride, pay workers what is due to them. The time is now for the Mayor to put aside his pride, political ambitions and instructions and do right by workers.

Issued by SAMWU Gauteng Province

Mpho Tladinyane

Gauteng Provincial Secretary

083 941 5888


Precious Theledi

Tshwane Regional Secretary

072 601 8876