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Dept ’comes to the rescue’ of unpaid security guards

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The Northern Cape Department of Roads and Public Works has stepped in and committed to ensuring that the outstanding salaries of disgruntled Batsha Ba Tirong security guards are paid.

Batsha Ba Tirong security guards locked the gates to the entrance of the Department of Roads and Public Works Fleet Management building in Orpen Street and refused to allow staff to enter. Picture: Soraya Crowie

THE NORTHERN Cape Department of Roads and Public Works has stepped in and committed to ensuring that the outstanding salaries of disgruntled Batsha Ba Tirong security guards in Kimberley are paid.

This follows picketing by the security guards and the handing over of a memorandum of grievances at the departmental offices in Floors on Monday.

The guards claim that they have not been paid their salaries for two months.

They reportedly locked the gates of the Public Works Fleet Management building and prevented staff from entering the building on Monday.

Their employer, Zoe Bocks, arrived on the scene but failed to stop them.

The workers lashed out at him, saying that they are sick and tired of “empty promises”.

They claimed that the security company owes the SA Revenue Service (Sars) money, as well as its sub-contractor, and that payments made to it by the department went towards “paying off its debts”.

Bocks refused to comment and only said that he was not to blame for the non-payment of his workers’ salaries.

He did not respond to questions about who was responsible for not paying his workers.

Northern Cape Department of Roads and Public Works spokesperson Crystal Robertson confirmed that the department had come to the security guards’ assistance.

“I can confirm that Batsha Ba Tirong Security Services did not pay the security officers for two months. The department upheld its contractual obligation and paid the service provider,” said Robertson.

“In our quest to find an amicable solution, the department had several engagements with the service provider and it is agreed that the security officers will be paid soon.”

Batsha Ba Tirong security guards locked the gates to the entrance of the Department of Roads and Public Works Fleet Management building in Orpen Street and refused to allow staff to enter. Pictures: Soraya Crowie

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