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Johnannesburg - A group of Tshwane security guards have decided to stop complaining about the problems people face and to do something to change the status quo.
In June, the guards registered their party, the Security Workers Political Party (SWPP), to contest next year’s elections.
“This party was formed on a dumping site where children play and drains are leaking,” said the party’s deputy president, Phillip Mmela.
The new political party will be fighting for people who are poverty stricken and are struggling – people, it says, who have been forgotten by the ruling party.
SWPP’s obvious focus will be on the security industry.
The party said workers in the sector weren’t earning enough and that the government and unions had done very little to change that.
It would fight for a living wage and the benefits they deserved.
“We want all security officers to have a Grade C, to be earning R9 500. We want all security officers to be retrained at SAPS and work hand in hand with metro and SAPS to defeat crime,” said party representative Isaac Motsa.
Security will not be their only focus, but just one of their many strategic plans.
SWPP also aims to maintain and uplift the agricultural economy by ensuring farmers and farmworkers have the necessary tools and that there is sufficient safety to continue agricultural production.
The party claims it already has several thousand members and says that by December there will be “millions” enrolled.