Locals workers must not be sidelined

MARCHING to the uMhlathuze Municipality for permission to peacefully protest against tender corruption and employment of locals at Richards Bay-based companies and businesses, the Golekane Movement (Enuff is Enuff) took to the streets on Thursday.

Joined by job seekers, members of National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa and South African Federation of Trade Unions, the movement led a peaceful protest to the city municipal offices for a permit to march to the port of Richards Bay to voice their frustrations over local residents being sidelined for jobs.

Wiseman Ndlovu of the Golekane Movement said there were many unemployed artisans and skilled workers in the city, however people from outside areas are hired for jobs in the city.

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‘We applied for permission for a peaceful march and did not receive it, so we marched to the city offices to ‘greet’ them and ask them to attend to our request, which they promptly did.

‘Our plea is for corruption to end, do away with tender fraud and see locals being employed for jobs within the city.

‘We cannot have hundreds of skilled workers sitting under the trees in town when there is work available, but is given to outsiders and to people with inside connections.

‘This has nothing to do with politics or personal agendas. Our movement is fighting for the workers and we want to ensure our people have first preference for work opportunities.

‘Currently we have a database of skilled and experienced workers and will continue to engage with the business fraternity to ensure they are considered for work in the city,’ said Ndlovu.

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