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Guards' threat to schools

By unknown | May 12, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Kamogelo Seekoei

Kamogelo Seekoei

Security guards at schools in Gauteng are threatening to resort to violence because they were not paid at the end of last month.

The security guards, who were hired by Vimba Guarding and Armed Reaction, a subsidiary of Moloko Group Holdings, to guard computer laboratories at schools in the Vaal, Ekurhuleni, Soshanguve and Mamelodi, say they will not be "swindled" and will not allow anyone else to work at the schools before they receive their money. They have refused to return uniforms, batons and other equipment they used while protecting the schools.

Ninety-five guards were hired to protect 55 schools.

Adam Baloyi, spokesman for Vimba, has accused Moloko of "playing tricks" and refusing to pay up. He said they were in a fix because they were waiting for money from Moloko.

He said Moloko had received the money from the Department of Education but had not paid Vimba. He accused the directors of trying to keep all the profits.

But Moloko's Fulton Ramaphakela said he was surprised that the security company had contacted Sowetan. He said the contract between him and the company was coming to an end and all he wanted was the tools so that he could settle the account.

The equipment includes cellphones, cars and uniforms.

"I can't allow them to leave with the uniforms because anything can happen. People can take the uniforms and go and rob banks," he said.

Isaac Nukeri, of Vimba, said Ramaphakela had "changed his tune".

"The agreement was that we would keep the cars at the end of our contract. Now he tells us we can't because we still owe the bank. How can we pay for the cars if he doesn't pay us?"

Nukeri said Moloko had appointed another company and the guards were fuming.

The lawyer representing Vimba, Wessel Rossouw, said he had two cases against Moloko.

"The company must pay R400000 for the April salaries. The other case is about their shares. They have not been paid a cent of their money," he said.

Rossouw said he had sent a letter to the public protector regarding tender irregularities.


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