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UguThe Independent on Saturday reports that disgruntled members of the SA Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) have been holding KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) South Coast residents to ransom, cutting water supplies from Hibberdene to Port Edward.  

Vandalism to infrastructure has left swathes of the Ugu District Municipality without water or with an erratic water supply for up to a week.  According to Margate, Ramsgate and Southbroom DA ward councillor Dave Watson, certain Samwu members have engaged in a co-ordinated and illegal attack on infrastructure meant to provide this essential service.  Crucial infrastructure such as pipes, valves and reservoirs have also been vandalised and sabotaged during the illegal strikes taking place in Ugu.  There have also been reports of intimidation of municipal senior managers and private contractors by striking workers.  Premier Willies Mchunu has apparently indicated that a task team would be deployed to Port Shepstone to address the crisis.  The strike has its roots in workers being paid out premiums from cancelled life insurance policies.  Samwu could not be reached for comment.

  • Read this report by Tanya Waterworth in full at IOL News

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