Khato Civils workers want their money

Construction workers in Hammanskraal say they feel robbed by their former employer. They were hired by Khato Civils, which had scored some lucrative municipal contracts in Tshwane. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Construction workers in Hammanskraal say they feel robbed by their former employer.

The workers were hired by Khato Civils, which had scored some lucrative municipal contracts in Tshwane.

Supposed to work for an open-ended time until the completion of projects, they say their contracts were suddenly terminated.

And they were replaced by another workforce.

Ninety-four of them were dismissed with immediate effect on 6 December 2019.

This was despite their contracts stipulating that they will be given notice of termination.
 
"I was at work , they gave me the termination letter and then I have to leave the place, you see with immediate effect".

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And 9 months later they are still fighting to get their severance packages. 

"We want our money so we can go our separate ways in peace. Those who are working must carry on, it's fine because they are being paid to work,"  says a disgruntled worker.

One of the workers says he is now at a risk of being blacklisted.

"I have a loan at African Bank. They told me the [termination] letter looks fake, so I don’t know where am I going to get help. I’ll be blacklisted because of Khato Civils”. 

The City of Tshwane has responded to eNCA stating it has a contractual relationship with the employer and that labour issues remain the responsibility of the contractor, not the City.

Meanwhile, Khato Civils says the City is partly to blame for the late payment.

"We have not been working because of the dispute payment with our client which is the city of Tshwane that was resolved now in July, we got paid... there is some cash flow in the company and we will pay these employees," says Group CEO, Mongezi Mnyani. 

Source
eNCA

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