mAlema the peacemaker

Thobeka Magcai

Thobeka Magcai

The Chinese community of Fordsburg, Johannesburg, has called on ANC Youth League president Julius Malema to mediate in a dispute between representatives of the China Trading Centre and the Dragon City mall.

According to Malema, the dispute has been going on for five months, with threats of violence and intimidation.

In October, Dragon City representatives sought ANCYL intervention after a man was allegedly assaulted and suffered a fractured skull.

As a result, the unidentified man moved back to China for fear of losing his life.

"We think we need both of them to come and trade here (in South Africa). We must make the environment conducive for both of them to trade and contribute towards the development of our economy," Malema told a media conference in Johannesburg yesterday.

The men accused each other of using the police to unleash threats and to force tenants from one mall to the other.

"As a way of stopping this, both SAPS and metro police will establish a team to monitor the two malls and agreements reached in the meeting," said Malema.

Businessmen Li Xin Zhu, representing the China Trading Centre, and Pak Man Lam, of Dragon City, together with their legal representatives, signed a memorandum of understanding witnessed by Malema and acting Johannesburg metro police head David Tembe. - Sowetan Online