ActionSA Unequivocally Supports Insourcing and Has Won the Battle with Feasibility Study

Claims by the EFF that ActionSA does not support insourcing should be seen as the political misinformation by a party that has never insourced anyone.

ActionSA sponsored an insourcing motion in July last year which has resulted in the City conducting a feasibility study which is at an advanced stage.

ActionSA yesterday voted against the urgency of the EFF’s motion because it was a duplication of an existing motion brought by ActionSA last year. The existing plans bind the City to a feasibility exercise and ActionSA has conditioned its entry into the coalition in Tshwane upon the requirement to insource security guards and cleaners on the basis of the feasibility exercise.

The misleading of South Africans by the EFF is nothing but empty political grandstanding from a party that claims to support the policy and brings motions but has never insourced anyone.

ActionSA did not vote against insourcing at yesterday’s Council sitting, and in fact unequivocally supports it, having strongly advocated and pursued it in various municipalities throughout the country, including Ekurhuleni, eThekwini, and Johannesburg. It was the duplication of process that was refused, and not the merits of insourcing.

Furthermore, the coalition has made progress on the issue of insourcing; we have received the initial report on the cost of insourcing, and the business case will be submitted to the coalition at the end of April, as this will form part of the budget discussions in May.

We therefore assert as ActionSA that political gimmicks, opportunistic, and disrespectful stunts that take advantage of desperate security guards for political point scoring are not the answer. Insourcing has been a fixture of our policy agenda since ActionSA’s inception and continues to be as evidence by our manifesto launched this past Saturday.

The answer lies in a systematic approach that will find a long-lasting and fiscally prudent solution that aims to build the city’s in-house capacity and provide dignity to our people.