ETHEKWINI MUNICIPALITY CONDEMN BOMBING OF MOBENI RESEVOIR
The city is calling upon law enforcement agencies to move with speed and arrest those responsible for the bombing a water reservoir.
This illicit act is suspected to have been carried out in the
early hours of the morning. As a result, the city is losing millions of litres of clean water it spends millions of Rands to purify. City Manager Sipho Nzuza suspect this is part of the acts of sabotage that are being experienced by eThekwini following the illegal strike.
"This is very unfortunate and barbaric. We have strong suspicion that it is related to the illegal industrial action that is underway in our municipality. There is no amount of grievances that
can justify this heinous crime.
This happens after we have communicated clearly to the aggrieved workers that we are taking the matter to the central bargaining council because we do not have any jurisdiction over it. It is very concerning that the supply of water to innocent citizens is now going to be hampered yet they have got absolutely nothing to do with the impasse.
Nzuza is urging all workers to go back to work with immediate effect because their absence is in violation of the court interdict the city granted by the Labour Court recently.
"The principle of no work no pay is going to apply to all workers participating in this strike. The amount of damage to our infrastructure caused by this strike is close to four million and its growing."
"There is a possibility that the unions representing these workers could foot the bill. No one will be allowed to cause damage to our infrastructure and get away with it. We want to send a clear message that violence has never solved any impasse and dialogue is the only solution where parties do not see eye to eye".
Nzuza apologises to all residents bearing the brunt of this illegal strike. The city is doing everything in its power to ensure that it restores the provision of basic services in the event of disruption.