buffalocitymetroDispatchLive reports that Buffalo City Metro mayor Alfred Mtsi, his deputy and the acting municipal manager on Tuesday had to flee a memorial service for five city employees killed in an accident last week.  

The workers died when a municipal bakkie they were travelling in overturned on the N2 near Breidbach.  They were on their way last Monday to attend a meeting relating to the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) strike.  Mtsi and his delegation went to Victoria Grounds in King William’s Town to pay their respects, but hostile scenes followed.  Mayoral bodyguards and law enforcement officials had to rip open the back of the tent in which the event was being held, allowing Mtsi and the others to escape.  They were rushed to their vehicles which sped off.  The workers’ grievances with the metro leadership relates to a two-week strike that saw workers demanding to be paid R48,000 each in back pay from the time the municipality assumed metro status.  Negotiations, however, ended with union leaders and BCM management settling on a payment of R15,000.


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