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Various attempts were made by these affected workers to return to work but there is always a problem and they have had to survive without an income for the past two years.

Picture: Danie van der Lith.

COSATU and its affiliates intend to embark on strike action over “failed promises” made to 16 Sol Plaatje municipal workers, who have yet to be reinstated two years after winning a labour dispute.

Cosatu provincial secretary Orapeleng Moraladi said yesterday that industrial action could take place “at any time”.

He explained that they had met with Sol Plaatje executive mayor Patrick Mabilo, along with members of the mayoral committee, on Monday.

“Following various engagements with the ANC it was agreed that these workers would be reinstated, in line with a bargaining council ruling. Various attempts were made by these affected workers to return to work but there is always a problem and they have had to survive without an income for the past two years. They were removed from their positions in the political office when the former executive mayor, Mangaliso Matika, took office.”

Moraladi stated that the meeting was adjourned to allow for contracts to be drawn up for the workers by 4pm on Monday.

“We returned to find the mayor alone, where the rest of the mayoral committee refused to be part of the meeting. There is political meddling in the affairs of the municipality from the side of the ANC regional chairperson.”

ANC regional spokesperson Tshepo Louw stated that the ANC regional chairperson, Mangaliso Matika, was not involved in the affairs of the municipality.

“He has nothing to do with deployment at Sol Plaatje Municipality as he is no longer the mayor.”