Having been dissatisfied with the response to their previous memo, the EFF and the disgruntled security guards presented a second memorandum to Tshwane House demanding the municipality insource them.
Consequently, the guards are disappointed with the municipality’s statement that they are not obliged to source them.
Marchers took advantage of the day as MMC of Finance Alderman Peter Sutton delivered the upcoming budget speech for 22/23.
Their demands included inclusion in the sourcing and budget allocation for the current or upcoming fiscal year.
Josua Modau, the chairperson of the Security Officers Forum, claims that the municipality responded by telling them there was no budget from the city.
“They can’t have no money, so let them steal from another department and patch on ours. However, in-sourcing was previously agreed to occur in two phases. Despite the 2018 Counsel resolution, the city ignored phase one halfway through”, said Modau.
Tshwane’s EFF Chairperson Obakeng Ramabodu suggested that the city should in-source a few security guards while negotiating a budget.
“It is well known that the first phase of in-sourcing was forced by EFF members Comrade Mo’Afrika and Comrade Benjamin. Sadly, it wasn’t done, forcing the guards to march. Said Ramabodu.
Hlengiwe Ngwenya, a spokesperson for the Security Officers Forum, said they would like to meet with the mayor. This is to find out where the budget has been allocated.
“We don’t understand where all the budget is allocated as the municipality says there is no money,” said Ngwenya.
Despite the memorandum’s arrival, Grande Theunissen, the MMC for Community Safety, stated that his jurisdiction didn’t include city security officers.
As part of his conclusion, MMC noted that he would be presenting the memorandum to the relevant portfolio committee.