Samwu denies looting by members of CBD march

Provincial secretary of South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) Michael Khumalo denies claims that some of yesterday's protest participants looted stalls in the CBD on their way to the Civic Centre, where 2 000 union members handed over a memorandum to the City of Cape Town’s Mayor Patricia de Lille.

Khumalo says that he is only aware of some members who threw waste on the streets.

Samwu march on Wednesday 6 May 2015. Image credit: Eyewitness News (EWN)/ Xolani Koyana.

I think there is a bit of an exaggeration. I was personally there. Where they are saying members were looting, I will not agree with that. What I can confess to, is that there was some demonstrators who were throwing rubbish in the roads and emptying refuse bins. But in terms of taking people’s things, I did not witness that.

Eyewitness News (EWN) reports that de Lille has threatened to sue Samwu over the alleged chaos that erupted during the march, and any damage that has been caused to the City's property.

De Lille told CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies that the looting of stalls during protest action in unacceptable.

They were justified to have a legal march, but what we must condemn in the strongest possible terms is the looting and vandalising of City property. The City will look at the CCTV footage and sue them.

Listen to the full conversation on CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies:


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