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Avoid Durban CBD, warns Metro Police

Several roads in and around Durban City Hall have been closed causing a gridlock in the Durban CBD.

THOUSANDS of municipal workers have brought parts of the Durban CBD to a halt for the second time this week.

The protests come in the wake of an alleged promotion of MK veterans by City management. According to the City, ‘workers are demanding to be elevated to grade 10 as they claim MK veterans employed in 2016 were unfairly upgraded to from grade 4. ’

Metro Police have urged motorists to avoid the Durban CBD as several roads remain gridlocked, especially near City Hall, where workers have gathered in numbers.

Metro spokesperson Senior Superintendent Parboo Sewpersad, urged residents to avoid travelling to the Durban CBD as roads leading to the Durban City Hall have been closed off.

“The City manager is currently addressing around 2 000 municipal workers outside City Hall and we’ve closed of Dorothy Nyembe Street (Gardner Street), Doctor Pixley Kaseme Street (West Street), Samora Michel (Aliwal Street) and Joe Slovo Street (Field Street). At this stage we’ve removed municipal vehicles who had been attempting to stop traffic on key routes leading into Durban,” he said.

Although Sewpersad could not confirm, the N3 to Durban was also affected by a go-slow by municipal vehicles who are believed to be travelling to the City.

He urged residents to avoid posting images of gridlocked traffic around Durban that were old or from last year.

At this stage, the M19 and M13 routes were clear with free flowing traffic said Sewpersad.

In a statement last week, City manager of the eThekwini Municipality, Sipho Nzuza, said ‘the City is of the view that all HR processes were followed to the letter.’

“There are internal HR processes that our employees know that require to be followed in the event they feel there is a need to be re-graded. The city would like to assure the members of the public that it will do everything in its power to guard against the disruption of service delivery,” he said at the time.

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