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SAMWU Distances itself from Mangaung Fire

  • Thursday, 22 June 2017 08:30
22 June 2017

The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) has learnt with disappointment, shock and anger that the Mangaung City Hall was set alight yesterday evening. We are further concerned that there are those who have began pointing fingers at workers at the municipality, particularly our members.
First and foremost, before our members are employees of the municipality, they are community members and as such they too need to benefit from service delivery including the use of municipal infrastructure. It therefore would not make sense to blame workers or our members for being responsible for the fire particularly given that the City Hall has been used by our members as a gathering place.

We therefore distance ourselves from the fire, we can safely conclude that none of our members were responsible, in fact we are convinced that our none members are not even capable of such this coupled with the fact that our offices are adjacent to the building and as such they would not burn their own offices. This by the way, is a fire which began long after our members had dispersed from the vicinity of the building.

The Mangaung Metro should take blame for the situation that is currently unfolding within the City, they have decided to turn the municipality in to a police state. We are also of the view that police should account for the fire as they were the ones securing the building prior to them indiscriminately shooting at workers for no apparent reason. In the mean time, we shall await the outcome of investigations into the course of the fire.

Issued by SAMWU Head Office

Simon Mathe

General Secretary

079 887 8389


Thabang Tseuoa

Free State Provincial Secretary

082 620 9160