- The City of Tshwane is set to directly employ 3 000 security guards
- Mayor Stevens Mokgalapa announced the policy in his speech this week
- The policy idea was initially put forward by the EFF
Tshwane mayor, Stevens Mokgalapa, has said that the city will be appointing 3 000 security guards in an attempt to protect against asset theft and vandalism.
Mokgalapa attributed the idea to the EFF, who reportedly asked for the in-sourcing of security personnel for the city.
Mokgalapa, who succeeded Solly Msimanga as Tshwane mayor following Msimanga's resignation, made the pledge in his State of the City Address this week.
The policy will include the establishment of a new unit called the Asset Protection Unit. According to The Sowetan, this body will be the responsible for the hiring of security officers.
A similar policy was adopted by the City of Johannesburg last year under the leadership of Herman Mashaba, Briefly.co.za gathered.
When Mokgalapa announced the decision, an EFF councillor reportedly cheered and applauded. The ANC councillors, however, were not present, as they staged a walk-out during the speech, ostensibly to show solidarity with the service delivery protests taking place across the city.
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While the EFF welcomed Mokgalapa's announcement, they still said they did not think the policy would go far enough in terms of creating jobs.
Mokgalapa's security hiring policy was one of many he unveiled during the speech. He also announced that poor Tshwane residents would receive free water and electricity.
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