Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) workers are planning to stage a protest in eThekwini (Durban) on Wednesday, May 29, to denounce the perceived failure of the government in providing them permanent jobs and increased salaries. Exact locations and times of the protest were not immediately reported, although demonstrations usually take place at the central business district (CBD) particularly outside the Durban City Hall.
Lingering traffic disruptions are to be expected in Durban over the coming hours amid a heightened security presence. Similar protests are possible in Durban over the near term.
A similar protest by EPWP workers took place in Durban on May 16. About 100 municipal workers marched towards the office of Mayor Zandile Gumede to demand permanent employment and better salaries. Protesters vowed to continue demonstrating until their demands are met by the government.
Individuals in Durban are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests and demonstrations as a precaution, prepare for consequent traffic disruptions, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.
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