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Strikers again cause disruption at MTN


A group of striking MTN workers on Friday blocked 14th Avenue in Fairlands, north of Johannesburg, said metro police.

The workers were demanding bigger bonuses and annual salary increases.

Chief superintendent Wayne Minnaar said: “The road is not safe to use. It is blocked.”

He urged motorists to avoid the area. “The group is waving placards and dancing in the street,” said Minnaar.

MTN’s workers, affiliated to the Communication Workers Union, have been striking since 20 May.

Earlier this week, MTN’s South African CEO, Ahmad Farroukh, resigned.

His resignation is effective 31 July.

“This was a difficult decision to take for Ahmad, but unavoidable due to personal and family reasons,” said MTN group president and CEO Sifiso Dabengwa.

Farroukh’s exit from MTN, which is Africa’s biggest mobile network, also signals how the telecommunications company is struggling to cement a CEO for its South African operations.

It was only in August last year when Farroukh replaced former South African CEO Zunaid Bulbulia.

At the time, MTN said the hiring of Farroukh as its South African unit’s CEO was in line with a management rotation policy at the company.  — News24


  1. I see no mention of the Metro cops making arrests for public violence and intimidation not to mention blocking a public road.
    Obviously these strikers are getting away with this behaviour and so continue with their despicable actions IN PUBLIC.
    I’m also advised that not a single striker has been prosecuted for the horrific violence and intimidation that went on during the last SEIFSA strike actions, small wonder then that the strikers act with impunity hey?

  2. Time for #MTN SA HR Exec Themba Nyathi also to walk the plank, resign or be dismissed , hopelessly over promoted.

  3. Lock the savages out-SA commerce and industry is allowing itself to be bullied by barbarians who strike, intimidate, destroy-all in the name of workers rights! ; take a stance once and for all–there are many that want to work, so employ them!

  4. Or move the call centre to India, where costs are low and strikes never happen…

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