Eastern Cape COGTA MEC Hon. Xolile Nqatha has expressed concern over the recent strike by some workers of the Buffalo City Metro Municipality.

This week some Metro workers embarked on a strike allegedly disrupting municipal services and breaching COVID-19 regulations.  MEC Nqatha is encouraging workers to go back to negotiations table in order to resolve their concerns amicably rather than vandalising municipal properties and stalling service delivery.

” I condemn the destruction of public property and closure of health care facilities. It is my firm view that no demand can justify assault on the rights of other citizens, to the contrary it can only serve to deligimatise even genuine demands. I wish to call upon all parties to follow due process and respect the rule of law, ” said MEC Nqatha.

The MEC is equally concerned about the recent protests and vandalism of government properties by some residents of Enoch Mgijima and Inxuba Yethemba local municipalities.

 The MEC has an open-door policy for anyone who wants to engage with him on any local government matter.

The MEC is also calling on law enforcement agencies to deal with anyone breaking the COVID -19 regulations.

“All these protests are not in compliance with the regulations of the Disaster Management Act and we call upon all the organisers   to refrain from staging these protests as they are breaching COVID-19 regulations,” said MEC.

For further information, please contact:Mr Makhaya Komisa (MLO) on 0663818259 or Mr Mamnkeli Ngam (Department spokesperson) on 071 685 7981