Protest by guards hits Cape Town

MORRIS DALLA COSTA, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:12 PM ET

CAPE TOWN – Not everyone is happy at this World Cup.

Stewards who normally look after security at Green Point Stadium in Cape Town and Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban walked off the job Monday after a wage dispute with their employer, Stallion Security Consortium PTY.

The South African Police Service has taken over security at the two stadiums after a second night of protest about the wages.

Sunday night about 500 stewards stormed through the Moses Mabhida stadium after the game between Germany and Australia. They reportedly threw objects at the office of the security manager.

Protests spread to Cape Town Monday as riot police broke up an attempted strike over wages at the Green Point Stadium before the match between Italy and Paraguay.

About 100 riot police, wearing helmets and carrying shields, were sent in to remove up to 80 protesters from the locked-down stadium as football fans waited outside. One steward appeared to be hurt.

"This is an employer-employee wage dispute," said Danny Jordaan, the World Cup organizing committee's chief executive officer. "Although we have respect for workers’ rights, we find it unacceptable for them to disrupt match-day proceedings and will not hesitate to take action in such instances.”


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