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EFF welcomes insourcing of security workers by the City

The City of Johannesburg announced that it would soon complete the insourcing of 4 000 contract security workers.
This follows the city’s commitment to bringing critical functions into the city during the State of the City Address last year.

Executive Mayor Herman Mashaba acknowledged the role played by the EFF in working with the DA to address the matter.
Musa Novela, EFF Joburg Regional Chairperson, has said in a statement, “EFF notes the insourcing of 4000 workers to the City’s payroll as announced by Mayor Herman Mashaba. The insourcing is consistent with the EFF’s 2016 Municipal Election Manifesto and the EFF Sponsored Motion adopted by Council.”

This insourcing is a result of EFF pressure against the indignity presented by job casualization. This victory follows other motions proposed by EFF and adopted by Council, amongst them;
· Motion against the evictions.
· Expropriation of Land in Kelvin for housing Setjwetla.
· Expropriation of Neglected and Hijacked building to house the poor.
· Motion to cancel all contracts with KPMG.
· Motion to open all clinics in the City for 24 hours daily.

“EFF Joburg salutes its deployees in Council for courageously fighting the ANC/DA’s anti-black neo-liberal policies. This outcome is as a result of tireless dedication by our deployees in Council and should be understood within the context of reversing the Egoli 2000 neo- liberal framework introduced by the captured ANC and celebrated by the racist DA. This practical implementation of EFF’s manifesto furthermore serves as testimony that Joburg’s challenges require a pragmatic approach that can’t be located in the ANC nor DA policies,” Novela said.

The 150 contracts that enslaved security personnel and robbed them 60% of their salaries are but a microcosm of how Joburg has been privatized and dehumanized. There are many such strange contracts worth Billions that serve no purpose but the continuation of enslaving our people, these range from so called co-operatives servicing municipal assets and paying employees peanuts to various capital projects that are more profit driven than service delivery focused.

“Since our formation in 2013 we have been consistent in our demand for the insourcing of key municipal competencies.
“To this end we call on the Mayor to present to the City concrete plans for further insourcing of cleaners, grass cutters, refuse removers, road constructors, traffic light repairers, expropriated building repairers and all functions that will create more jobs, accelerate service delivery and save the City money,” concluded Novela

“The city has paid on average R14 000 per security guard while the guards themselves received as little as R4 500 as a salary per month,” Mashaba said.
Mashaba also stated that the city was undergoing an extensive process of ensuring the smooth integration of the security personnel while guaranteeing the financial sustainability of the entire operation.
“Due to the complexities of local government regulations, cases of corruption, contractual commitments and legal considerations, the time taken to implement this process has been considerable.”

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