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CapeTownlogoCape Argus reports that City of Cape Town law enforcement officers have threatened to refuse to work overtime from 1 December, which could leave beaches, several public roads and parks open to lawlessness and antisocial behaviour during the festive season.  

SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) provincial secretary Xolisi Diniso said more than 400 officers were to have been promoted from a T6 to T7 grade, with a higher salary attached to the latter grade.  He indicated:  “Our action has nothing to do with salary increases.  Salary increases we get once a year.  In 2016 we were told that our officers would receive a promotion, but the City has been dragging its feet.  The first engagements on this matter started in 2016.  On November 7 we took the matter to the city manager (Lungelo Mbandazayo).  It was then given to Richard Bosman, but until now we have not heard anything.”  But, Bosman’s job is hanging in the balance after the council resolved to appoint an investigator to investigate claims that he and Robbie Robberts were in cahoots with politicians to have Robberts appointed as the City’s enforcement and policy director.  Diniso said staff would still be active on the streets, but only for eight hours a day.  A City spokesperson said they were committed to addressing workers’ concerns, but contingency plans were in place.

  • Read the full original report by Jason Felix at Cape Argus

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