Contractor removes roofs from toilets, says he has not been paid

Contractor removes roofs from toilets, says he has not been paid

- An angry contractor has reportedly removed roofing from school toilets in the Eastern Cape

- The contractor claimed he is owed millions for his week

- The education department in the province says they will be taking legal action against him

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A contractor has reportedly removed the roofs from toilets at a school over a payment dispute.

The contractor, Jerry Sifanele, signed on to build the toilets in 2015 but says that he was only partially paid for his work.

Sifanele claims that government owes him millions of rands.

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As a result, Sifanele went to one of these schools on Sunday and began removing the roofing from several toilets, Briefly.co.za has gathered. 

"Since I am not getting paid, I will be going to all four schools to take the roofs and windows and sell them so I can get money to buy food for my kids," Sifanele told The Dispatch.

This is not the first time Sifanele has resorted to these kinds of tactics. In April, Sifanele allegedly placed padlocks on the toilets in several schools. As a result, the learners - who totaled almost 1000 - were forced to go without ablution facilities and had to make use of the outdoors.

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The provincial department of education took the matter to the courts who subsequently removed the padlocks. Additionally, the department obtained an interdict to bar Sifanele from going near these schools in future - an interdict which he violated over the weekend when he began removing the roofing at one of the schools.

A spokesperson for the department says they are disappointed that Sifanele has defied the interdict. The spokesperson added that they would be pursuing legal action against the contractor.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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