SAMWU concerned for workers’ safety following brutal murder of 5 workers at a Pikitup Depo

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Tebogo Msimanga |

The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) in Gauteng Province says it is saddened and shocked to learn of the brutal killing of 5 workers at the Pikitup Swartkoppie Deport in Develand, South of Johannesburg.

On Tuesday, 11 January 2022, a group of unknown men stormed the deport and shot 7 security guards, four of the workers died at the scene, while the fifth succumbed to gunshot wounds on Wednesday. Two are currently still in the hospital.

SAMWU Gauteng Provincial Secretary Bafana Zungu said at this point, the circumstances leading to the shooting are not known. All the workers were not robbed of their personal belongings nor has the City’s property been stolen.

“As SAMWU, we are concerned that workers who are supposed to protect the City’s infrastructure are left vulnerable to attacks”.

Zungu urged law enforcement authorities to ensure that they leave no stone unturned as they hunt and bring to justice the perpetrators of such evil deeds which have robbed five families of a breadwinner and many children without a parent.

“We further urge community members in and around Develand to work together with law enforcement authorities to ensure that these criminals are brought to book”.

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