City of Tshwane: Workers who protested outside the Gauteng High Court are misinformed

THE workers who protested outside the Gauteng High Court, Pretoria, over what they perceived to be a delayed justice in their case with the City, were misinformed, municipal spokesperson Lindela Mashigo said. The out-of-work staff and subcontractors were bused in to the court to demand a speedy verdict. The court case concerns the validity of a tender between their employer, Moipone Group of Companies, and the City. The high court heard the case on September 21, but a verdict is still pending. The workers said they supported their employer, who took the City to the high court for refusing to pay for services rendered under a “valid and binding” contract. To showcase their frustrations, they marched from Marabastad to the high court, where they delivered a memorandum to acting court manager Lucky Makumule. The protesters said the City lacked the will to honour its contractual obligations and that had put them out of work since June. They were hoping for a favou…
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Pretoria Commuters get some relief as Taxis expected to operate normally

Tshwane commuters can expect some relief as taxis are expected to operate normally this morning. On Wednesday, operators blocked several roads causing massive delays while protesting to the Tshwane House to submit a memorandum to Mayor Solly Msimanga. Among the issues raised by the drivers is that traffic contravention tickets be scrapped. Taxis in the Tshwane area are expected to function without any hiccups at least for the next two weeks. The Democratic Taxi Workers Union of South Africa (Detwusa)’s Themba Maseko says the government is responsible for providing taxi infrastructure, including pick-ups and drop offs. He says drivers should not be fined for government’s failure. “Our demands are the scrapping of the traffic fines because those fines block our PDPs and driver’s licenses and we can’t drive passengers without our PDPs.” Maseko says the fines amount to hundreds of thousands of rands which prevent some drivers from renewing their public drivers’…
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Protesting Pretoria West residents clash with cops – still unclear what the protest was about

Pretoria – Close to a thousand protesting residents of Gomora informal settlement in Pretoria West have battled with police since the early hours of July 13, 2017 on Thursday morning. Police fired hails of rubber bullets, dozens of tear gas canisters, and stun grenades in a bid to keep the hostile protesters at bay. Protesters returned fire with slingshots and threw stones at police Nyalas and members of the Public Order Policing on the ground. They also chased after journalists, pelting them with stones. It was still unclear what the protest was about, but they called for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Paul Mashatile to address their issues. "We are going to kill you guys," a protester shouted. Several roads were blocked with burning tyres and stones. A police contact said that more than 1 000 protesters had caused "complete chaos" since the early hours of Thursday morning. 'We are fed up' Residents from Gomora have demanded that Mash…
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