protestANA reports that unemployed persons in Ikageng near Rustenburg have vowed to stop work at the Bospoort Dam purification plant until such time as they are hired.  

A group of unemployed, mostly young people, stopped workers from entering the plant on Tuesday.  Community leader Boitumelo Lesejane explained:  “As the youth we are unemployed, our ward councillors know this but they went ahead and hired themselves in our ward.  The Rustenburg local municipality knows its people, this means they also know who owns which companies.”  She claimed that companies owned by some councillors were given tenders at the Bospoort plant and said it was wrong for the municipality to allow its employees to commission work at the site.  Municipal spokesperson David Magae said the municipality only gave out tenders and that the main contractor decided who was sub-contracted.

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