PORT ELIZABETH - The ANC in the Eastern Cape said on Tuesday it was gravely concerned about the ongoing labour dispute between workers of the Amathole District Municipality and municipal management, which had turned violent at times and led to taps running dry.
The Mnquma and Raymond Mhlaba local municipalities were also affected by the strike..
In a statement the ANC said it supported and recognised workers' constitutional right to strike, but deplored the violence, intimidation and destruction of private and state-owned property which has become a common feature of industrial action.
“The lack of leadership in the District has prolonged the toxic relationship between municipal workers and officials. This has resulted in continuous strikes and massive infrastructure sabotage. “
The ANC said it strongly condemned criminal activities, violence, damage to municipal, public and private properties and intimidation associated with the strike.