Umdoni Mayor condemns ill treatment of staff by community members

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PRESS STATEMENT BY UMDONI MUNICIPALITY

The Umdoni Mayor, Cllr Thabani Dube announces his displeasure in the distasteful actions by certain community members who verbally abused and intimidated with weapons 10 staff members on duty under the Extended Public Works Programme at the Sugar Beach Resort recently.

Municipality has taken serious steps in dealing with this matter. A case against the perpetrators has been opened at the Scottburgh SAPS and we strongly believe the law will give serious attention to this matter.

According to the statement given by the employees to the police, when they arrived at their work site on Monday morning, there was a white bakkie parked on the side of the road and the staff sat next to it to have their breakfast before the start of the day. A few minutes after, a white Mercedes Benz sped towards them and two white men stepped out and one was in possession of a firearm, knife and another weapon who then accused them of trying to steal the bakkie. He apparently used foul language to the employees, swearing, cursing and calling them the “K” word. After this mayhem, a young lad believed to be the son of the man appeared from the nearby bush with his dog. They got into their cars and drove off. After this, three vehicles believed to be from the neighbourhood watch arrived and men in these cars questioned the employees on what they were doing on this site.

It is rather displeasing that people of colour still suffer racism attacks in our own communities after 25 years since the dawn of democracy. And given the fact that there was a total disregard of the fact that these individuals were also in fully branded working uniform.

Our Municipality strictly condemns all forms of harassment against our employees and takes a considered view that stern action must be taken against the perpetrators.

Acts of racism and racial discrimination to any member of the public must never be ignored and we intensely urge the public to report treatment of this nature through the appropriate and formal channels.

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