Pretoria - At last, there is light at the end of the tunnel for 3000 outsourced security guards, who have been fighting for two years to be employed permanently by the City of Tshwane.
This came after the City advertised vacancies for a new in-house security directorate called the Asset Protection Unit within the Tshwane Metro Police Department.
For months the guards were uncertain about their future after the City announced its intention to terminate contracts of private security companies, under which they worked.
The guards and some civil rights organisations reacted with anger to the announcement, embarking on protests through which they demanded to have permanent employment.
Their stance was aimed at putting pressure on the City to protect jobs, resulting in the former mayor Solly Msimanga acceding to their demands.