Security guards will have access to opportunities within the City on a needs basis, said Executive Mayor of Tshwane Solly Msimanga.
Msimanga said this as security guards employed by City of Tshwane took to the streets to march against outsourcing in the City.
This comes after the city announced that contracted security guards will not be replaced by metro police officers in the capital but will only be filling in as a new tender is being finalised.
It is said that more than 3,000 guards might be jobless come July when the three-year contracts of security companies expire.
“Today’s protest action comes as a surprise. In dealing with the issue of security guards it is important to note that the city could not continue paying in excess of R200 million a year to the existing security companies,” said Msimanga.
Msimanga added that the claims that the city refused to absorb employees are simply not true as evidenced by the absorption of employees from SWA and other groups which included meter readers and the like. Security personnel will have these opportunities on a needs basis.