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Guards wait for pay answers

2010-06-15 17:02

Durban – Scores of security guards were camping outside Durban's Moses Mabhida Stadium on Tuesday waiting for answers to their pay queries.

They first held a meeting at the Durban train station and then marched to the stadium under the watchful eye of authorities. A police helicopter hovered overhead.

Their concerns would be addressed at the stadium, said Tebogo Lehlokoe, of Stallion Security, the company that hired the guards.

After Sunday night's game between Germany and Australia, in the early hours of Monday morning, the guards overturned refuse bins and hurled objects at police.

Police took action and fired rubber bullets at them.

No comment

Guards told journalists they had been promised R1 500 a day, but only received R190.

Stallion Security’s Robin Claassen said: “Our company has taken a decision not to comment on this matter. Please respect our decision.”

KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Brigadier Phindile Radebe said contingency plans were in place for Wednesday's game at the stadium.

“There is no need for people to panic. Everything is under control. We understand that there are negotiations currently taking place to resolve the problem.”

Police officers had been sent to the stadium, but she could not say how many.

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