Security will be tightened at Eastern Cape Legislature in Bhisho where Premier Phumulo Masualle will be delivering his State of the Province Address (Sopa) on Friday.

Workers affiliated to the National Education, Health, and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu ) downed tools demanding the suspension of some senior officials in the supply chain management division.

They allege that proper processes were not followed during the appointment of these officials. They have also threatened  to disrupt Sopa proceedings if their demands are not met.

Legislature Secretary, Vuyani Mapolisa says they are engaging  with workers to iron out outstanding issues.

“People who are invited to the State of the Province must come freely and they must know that they are safe. Legislature and speaker and premier are more than ready to welcome them. We  will make sure that our guests are well protected and the premier delivers the State of the Province Address without any intimidation. There is law in the country that will make sure that there is security , remember that legislature is a National Key Point, so it cant be disrupted by people.”