EFF defends ‘fired’ security guards

MBOMBELA – In what it calls its quest to fight for the people, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), has yet again embarked on a march, only this time it was to the premier’s office at the legislature.

Led by provincial chairperson, Mr Collen Sedibe, the EFF demanded that its memorandum, in defence of the “fired” state security guards, be received by either the premier, Mr David Mabuza, or the MEC for safety, security, and liaison, Mr Vusi Shongwe.

“We demand that the fired security guards be reinstated with effect from June 1 this year. They should also be paid for the seven days they worked before they were dismissed,” said Sedibe.

He continued to read the memorandum which Shongwe received. “We demand that the premier and the MEC provide us with all the appointment letters, profiles, and all the necessary documents for the security companies appointed. They should also provide us with the number of firearms and proof that they belong to the appointed companies,” he added.

In response to the memorandum, the MEC clarified that the guards had not been fired, but their contracts had come to an end.

“There are processes taking place currently, with regard to the security guards. I should also mention formally that they were not fired or retrenched, their contracts came to an end. Although we will formally respond on due time, I just had to highlight on the gist of the matter,” he said.

The EFF has given the department 30 days to respond and vowed to make the province ungovernable should it fail to do so.

Sesane Mabuza

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