The City of Tshwane has rejected attempts by the Gauteng government to mediate in the unlawful industrial action by the SA Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) that has dragged on for nearly two months.

In a letter to Gauteng co-operative & traditional affairs MEC Mzi Khumalo dated September 15, which Business Day has seen, Tshwane executive mayor Cilliers Brink writes: “In your letter you propose to act as an independent mediator between Samwu and the City of Tshwane to try to facilitate the resolution of the dispute. I appreciate this offer ... Nevertheless, I regret to inform you that I do not believe that mediation facilitated by the Gauteng provincial government is likely to resolve this crisis .....

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