protestThe New Age reports that high unemployment in Lephalale, home to Eskom’s Medupi and Matimba power stations and an open pit coal mine, has brought the town’s mayor and jobless people on a collision course.  

The situation has been sparked marches and riots, resulting in allegations of police brutality.  Local residents want to be given first preference for employment at the power stations, which often attract even people from other areas.  Some unemployed people who tried to stage a march on Tuesday last week, who accused the Lephalale mayor of controlling employment processes, were dispersed by police who fired rubber bullets at them.  Residents accused police of using brutal force to disperse them, but this was dismissed by police. A mMunicipal spokesperson rejected claims that the mayor was interfering or wielded influence in the employment process at the two power stations.

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