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cosatuNews24 reports that the chief of staff of Cape Town Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis was heckled and turned away by fed-up Cosatu members, who took to the city's streets on Thursday to protest against violent crime and high fuel prices plaguing the working class.

The labour federation demanded that the mayor himself come out and address union members, but instead Hill-Lewis' chief of staff, James-Brent Styan, came out to accept a memorandum on his behalf. Cosatu provincial secretary Malvern De Bruyn was adamant that they would only hand over their demands to the mayor, adding that it was very disrespectful of the City to "snub" them. "We are not going to allow to be treated like this. We want the mayor to address us, and we have sent our communication to the mayor's office that we are going to be here," he stated. Angry protesters heckled Styan, telling him to leave immediately. De Bruyn said Cosatu was not budging on handing over the memorandum to the mayor, and insisted that they would be back in 14 days to present their demands to the mayor himself. Hundreds of union members came out in support of the protest as they moved on from the Civic Centre to the Western Cape legislature in Wale Street, before heading to Parliament. Styan said they had advised that the mayor would not be available and went on to comment: "We completely agree with the grievance against the police and the fuel increases. But the City is not the correct channel of government to address these matters. Safety is among our top priorities."

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Marvin Charles at News24
  • Read too, Cosatu protesters chase away officials during march against crime, at GroundUp
  • And also, Cosatu says DA all talk & no action when it comes to crime in Western Cape, at The Citizen

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