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LOC intervenes in stadium guards' strike

By Canaan Mdletshe | Jun 15, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

THE Local Organising Committee is working hard to resolve the strike that grabbed international attention in the early hours of yesterday .

About 500 guards went on the rampage at Moses Mabhida Stadium after a match between Germany and Australia.

The guards claimed Fifa had promised to pay them R1500 a day, but the service provider and their employer, Stallion Security, only paid them R190, which left them fuming.

LOC spokesperson Rich Mkhondo said: "We have convened a meeting between the service provider, the union representing the strikers and ourselves, and we hope that this matter will be resolved soon."

Provincial police spokesperson Brigadier Phindile Radebe said: "On Monday police were informed that about 500 security guards had gone on the rampage at Moses Mabhida Stadium

" It is alleged that the guards were dissatisfied with the payment for the duties performed at the match played on Sunday between Germany and Australia.

"Security guards hurled bottles and other objects at the office of the security manager. It struck some of the staff, causing slight injuries. Members of the public order policing unit were deployed to the stadium and managed to contain the situation," Radebe said.

A case of public violence has been opened and police will view CCTV footage to identify the suspects.

"The security company concerned and the police have put contingency plans in place to ensure that security at Moses Mabhida Stadium is not be compromised," Radebe said.

eThekwini municipal manager Mike Sutcliffe said the city was not responsible because, though it owned Moses Mabhida Stadium, it had been handed over to the LOC and Fifa on May 24.

"The LOC appointed Stallion to provide stewarding services at the Moses Mabhida Stadium and are responsible for the terms and conditions of their appointment."


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