The Mpumalanga MEC for community safety, security and liaison, Vusi Shongwe, called on all security companies whose security tenders for the provincial government ended recently, to ensure all payments due to their workers were made.
Shongwe reacted after an outcry in certain parts of the province, that some of the workers were not paid their salaries by bidders that were not selected for the current three-year security tender, which became effective in June. This follows the expiry of the previous three-year security tenders for safeguarding provincial government buildings and residences of VIPs.
“We want to put it on record that the department had met with most of the companies who did not make it in the current tender. The aim of the interaction was to ensure those companies honour payments due to the security guards once they receive the last payments," he said.
Most of the companies have undertaken to do this, and that is why payments are being urgently processed by the department. However, some companies must still co-operate with the department in this regard.
The MEC said this should be done out of consideration for the workers and to also avoid a situation of non-payment.
Shongwe reassured the public that the department was doing everything possible to assist these companies in this regard.
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