Large parts of the Ugu district are without water this Tuesday morning because of an illegal strike by SAMWU union members. Sabotage is also suspected. eHowzit will keep you informed as things develop.
OFFICIAL MEDIA STATEMENT BY UGU DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY ON MONDAY AFTERNOON:
Municipality warns of imminent service interruptions
The municipality wishes to advise residents of possible water interruptions following a sudden illegal work stoppage by workers affiliated to SAMWU union.
This follows the municipality’s implementation of a No Work No pay rule to workers who previously withheld their services during an unprotected strike which resulted in major water disruptions and the suspension of SAMWU shopstewards who recently invaded a management meeting.
The municipality views this action by workers affiliated to SAMWU as a bare disregard of the constitutional right of communities to provision of water and sanitation services. And we have identified that certain areas are currently being affected with water disruptions. The municipality will use all its available resources to ensure that service interruptions are minimised during this period. We have also engaged the services of the law enforcement agencies to deal with possible acts of sabotage to the municipal infrastructure.
We appeal to our communities to bear with us during this period while we work tirelessly towards arresting this situation.
UGU DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY
For more information and media queries contact:
Senior Manager: Mayoralty and Communications
Mr France Zama