protestCape Argus reports that on Tuesday a group of employees from a cleaning company, working for the City of Cape Town on a tender, barricaded Jakes Gerwel Drive and Highlands Drive, near Siqalo informal settlement in Mitchells Plain, with burning tyres and rubble.

The protest was over alleged unpaid salaries. The 18 Bhebhetha Holdings employees claimed that they were meant to be paid on 30 April, however, a week later, there hadn’t been any communication from the employer. The employees clean and collect rubble in the Siqalo area. Team leader Hazel Geduld explained: “We were supposed to get paid on Friday and then we told that on we would be paid Monday, but that didn't happen. We tried communicating, but their representative told us that she was afraid to come here and promised us that we are going to be paid. We have now taken it upon ourselves to close the road to get their attention and engage us. This is not the first time our payments are delayed.” She added that the late payments had resulted in the employees defaulting on their financial commitments. Nandi Yandi of Bhebhethaa Holdings said there had been a delay on the company’s side, but confirmed that the employees had been paid. “We have shown them proof of the immediate payments we have made and they have agreed to stop the protest. The employees are constantly consulted when they are not paid on time, and only 18 of the 489 employees have decided to protest over this,” she stated.

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