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samwu thumb medium80 78News24 reports that residents of the West Rand should brace themselves for a lack of service delivery if the financial situation at the West Rand District Municipality in Randfontein is not resolved.  

The SA Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu) has threatened to bring the entire region to a standstill.  This follows last month's failure by the district municipality to pay salaries.  The municipality has invested R77m in the controversial VBS Mutual Bank, leaving it with serious financial woes.  Municipality speaker Nonkoliso Tundzi said they were waiting for a report from a task team Premier David Makhura had appointed to intervene in the matter, but she believed that a solution would be found.  Samwu regional secretary Siseko Siyothula said they were planning to bring services in the entire region to a halt.  The union is currently lobbying Merafong, Mogale City and Rand West local municipalities to stand in solidarity with their affected colleagues at the district municipality.  Workers are also planning to march to the office of the premier.  Last week, workers staged a sit-in at the municipal chambers and held the entire executive leadership, including opposition parties, hostage, demanding their salaries.  The impasse lasted for hours until promises were made in the early hours of the morning.  By Friday, salaries were paid, but not allowances.

  • Read the full original of this report by Ntwaagae Seleka at News24

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