Developer gives in to work protest

Anna Majavu

Anna Majavu

A six-hour stand off yesterday between about 200 jobless people and Guguletu businessman Mzoli Ngcawuzele ended when he promised to give 24 of them jobs.

The unemployed Guguletu residents and Anti-Eviction Campaign members have been protesting at the construction site and Ngcawuzele's restaurant Mzoli's Place for months. They are demanding that Ngcawuzele employ 100 people from Guguletu on the building site.

"We will close this site if Mzoli does not explain why he cannot give us, the local people, work on this project which is supposed to be creating jobs in Guguletu," Matthews Siyangaphi said.

Bulldozers were forced to stop work after protestors blockaded the road outside the construction site.

But after Ngcawuzele said 24 people would be given jobs today, the protestors dispersed to draw up a list of those first in line.

"We are happy that Mzoli says he will progressively employ more and more people as time goes by," Mncedisi Twalo of the Anti-Eviction Campaign said.

"Let's look forward together instead of looking at our differences" Twalo said.

Ngcawuzele confirmed to Sowetan that he had agreed to employ 24 Guguletu residents.