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Cape Town -The CBD’s parking marshals are lodging a complaint against Cape Town police for allegedly not allowing them enough food, telephone calls or medicine while they were held in the Central Police Station’s holding cells.
Twenty-four parking marshals were arrested while picketing outside their employer’s office on Tuesday, and appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on charges of taking part in an illegal gathering. The case was postponed and the marshals were released.
The marshals accused the police of refusing a woman with high blood pressure access to medication and special food (which was brought to the police station by her colleagues). They also complained that they were not allowed to contact their families and were each fed only two pieces of toast during their 48-hour detainment.
Police spokesman Captain FC van Wyk advised that these complaints be directed to Cape Town’s station commander. He added however that the next-of-kin of the arrested marshals were informed about the arrests, that meals were standard from the mess hall and detainees were afforded a right to medication while under arrest.
The marshal who made headlines for taking off his clothes during a picket on Tuesday said the police had assaulted and pepper sprayed him.
“But I will not lodge a complaint or open a case because I do not trust the police,” said Danny Delor-Ilunga.
Ibaya Kasai, a spokesman for the striking workers, said about 20 employees had returned to work but
the majority of marshals were striking until their demands were met.
The marshals are employed by SPS to charge motorists for on-street parking in the CBD on behalf of the City of Cape Town. They have been on a protected strike since Monday last week.
They claim they are each owed money by SPS due to a breach of a 2009 employment contract.
The agreement held that marshals would receive 23.5 percent commission on their earnings for the company if they reached their daily targets.
SPS owner Zunade Loghdey said that in October 2009 the contracts were legally changed to exclude the commission.