Delays in payments to Gauteng patrollers have affected the patrollers in a bad way, as they are depending on those stipends to feed themselves and their families.
The DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Community Safety Michael Shackleton says according to the Gauteng MEC for community Safety Faith Mazibuko, there are two groups that have not been paid in the last financial year. 1222 land invasion patrollers and 140 festive season patrollers.
In a press statement released, Shackleton said, “MEC Mazibuko states that 140 festive season patrollers that were not paid were a result of incorrect account numbers or branch codes which resulted in an exception when payment was effected.”
He says 39 of the patrollers have not been paid yet but the department is working together with them to make sure that the patrollers receive their money.
In addition, the MEC said for those who are in the School Safety Project and not paid, they are referred to the Department of Education for intervention.
“Patrollers play a crucial role in safeguarding our precious community resources such as schools and empty lands, and they also ensure the safety of our people mostly during festive seasons at the malls and shopping centres.” Added Shackleton.
He emphasized that they will not rest until there is a mechanism in place by the current Gauteng Administration to ensure that patrollers are paid timeously every month.
He said meanwhile, the DA will write to the Gauteng Premier, David Makhura and request his office to investigate what causes the delays, afterwards the DA must be given a date of when will the payments be made.
“The DA will continue engaging directly with the patrollers across the province to ensure outstanding payments are received by these hardworking South Africans,” Shackleton articulates.