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RUSH hour traffic in Durban almost came to a standstill yesterday morning when 6000 unemployed people in their 20s queued for 300 learnership posts offered by the Metro police.
The hopeful job-seekers started queuing from midnight.
"I have a tertiary qualification, said Nonhlanhla Mkhize, 23, from Pinetown. "I am fit and I don't do crime so I should not have a problem."
Others sounded equally hopeful but hope turned to despair when they saw the long queue.
"I got here at 4.30am but I was right at the back of the queue," said Buko Mkhize, 25. "I have a diploma in office management and technology but I have been unemployed since 2007."
Metro police had to step in to prevent a fight when someone tried to jump the queue.
"We were shocked by the large numbers," said spokesperson Joyce Khuzwayo. "This is not a full-time job and not all will get permanent jobs after training."
The internships provide practical training and a transport and subsistence allowance. Minimum requirements were to pass a fitness test, have a driving licence and matric .
Durban Chamber of Commerce chief executive Gugu Mazibuko said the turnout shows the high levels of unemployment among young people .
"This is a concern for the future of our economy."