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Sol turns to court over union members

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After an agreement was reached in chambers it was ordered that an interim interdict be granted, with some slight alterations to the application

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THE SOL Plaatje Municipality turned to the Northern Cape High Court yesterday in an attempt to prohibit several employees, who are members of the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu), and others from entering any municipal building or structure.

In the application for an interdict against the individuals and Samwu, the municipality sought to prohibit these employees from entering several municipal areas for a period of six months.

These areas include the municipality’s main building at the Civic Centre, the Tourism Centre, Homevale Sewerage Plant, Gogga Pump Station the Traffic Department, municipal libraries, the Kimberley City Hall, all municipal parks and gardens, the Fresh Produce Market, all electrical sub-stations and installations and resorts operated by the municipality; except when performing their duties as employees of Sol Plaatje Municipality and to have access to or pay for the provision of municipal services, for a period of six months.

The municipality also sought to interdict the employees from sabotaging the sewerage and electricity supply networks under control of the local authority, as well as interdicting them, also for a period of six months, from holding any demonstrations and/or gathering within a radius of 100 metres from the areas mentioned above.

According to the municipality, the purpose of the application was to “prohibit the respondents from continuing with unlawful actions (during protracted disputes) and to protect the property and infrastructure of the municipality, as these properties had in the past been damaged and/or sabotaged (during several protest actions).

After an agreement was reached in chambers it was ordered that an interim interdict be granted, with some slight alterations to the application.

The respondents were ordered to furnish reasons, if any, by November 15, 2019 as to why the order should not be made final.

Samwu spokesperson Dailey Sewau addressed union members after the court proceedings adjourned and explained that the interim interdict basically meant that they were prohibited from any unlawful activity, including “sabotage”.

Sewau also indicated that it had yesterday issued the Sol Plaatje Municipality with a legal notice to strike.