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protestGroundUp reports that about 40 members of the Masibonisane Security and Cleaners’ Forum marched to Parliament on Wednesday.  

They were attempting to hand over a memorandum about working conditions to President Cyril Ramaphosa.  Masibonisane was formed by employees of security companies throughout the country in 2016.  Joseph Lesetla, one of the organisers, said attempts to have their concerns addressed by the Department of Labour had not been successful.  So, they wanted the president to intervene on minimum wages for security guards and cleaners and in respect of working conditions.  The claim was made that the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSIRA) was failing to address issues concerning security guards.  A Masibonisane spokesperson said guards worked in dangerous places without arms, but were expected not to run away and to call for backup instead.  She claimed some of the security companies did not give workers bonuses.  On arrival at Parliament, the protestors were joined by guards and cleaners from MyCiTi buses.  Makoti Sibongile Khawula from the Economic Freedom Fighters accepted the memorandum and promised to take the guards’ grievances to the Department of Labour.

  • Read the full original report by Bernard Chiguvare at GroundUp


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