The Kgatelopele Asbestos Community took charge of the John Taolo Gaetsewe district municipality leaving employees standing akimbo and later dismissing.
The disenchanted ex-miners took a more rigorous step on March 9, 2017 by taking themselves hostage for the second time at the John Taolo Gaetsewe district municipality. The decision to besiege the municipality was reached after the municipal authorities took the organization lightly in its quest to facilitate the coming of the Premier Sylvia Lucas and Advocate Richard Spoor - the contentious man believed to be with-holding several millions in rand as compensation money for the asbestos ex-mine workers.
The ex-miners want the Executive Mayor Ms. Sofia Mosikatsi to be pro-active in the facilitation process where the premier can summon the elusive advocate to release their compensation money.
On January 27, 2017 only the committee detained itself for two days and nights at the municipal premises after a botched at-tempt to meet the executive mayor. They eventually met the mayor on January 30, 2017 at the council chambers where they gave her a seven-day ultimatum to invite the premier.
According to ex-miners, the request was never relayed to the premier, hence the latest blockade of municipal workers at the premises by more than seventy members of the Kgatelopele Asbestos Community.
The group slept at the municipal premises and discharged all workers until the mayor and entourage made an impromptu arrangement with the premier to come and resolve the long-standing impasse.
The decisive spokesperson of the organization, Mr. Thabang Selo, said that all along they have been taken for a ride, hence everyone has taken a rigid stance to ensure the matter is settled.
The ex-miners left the following day after confirmation that the premier will come and attend their problem on March 13, 2017.
The ex-miners alleged that during their self-styled hostage they had to drink water from the toilets as taps had been closed by the local authority.
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