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Border-Kei Chamber of Business condemns acts of civil unrest and arson

Dec 3, 2018
Border-Kei Chamber of Business condemns acts of civil unrest and arson

The Border-Kei Chamber of Business on Monday said that it condemns "in the strongest possible terms, the widespread, wanton and destructive action by elements claiming to be protesting in the interest of service delivery, Housing, Wage Demands and many other unrelated issues".

Violent service delivery protests that began in October in Stutterheim against the Amahlathi Local Municipality have affected the town while a South African Municipal Workers' Union (SAMWU) led strike by Buffalo City Metro municipal workers brought East London and King Williams Town to a standstill in the past weeks.

The Border-Kei Chmaber of Business represents  700 members in the Border-Kei region including from the Buffalo City Metropole, the Amahlathi Local Municipality and the Chris Hani Districts.

"Mass intimidation, lootings and property destruction can never justify any means or end," the chamber said.

"The impact on business, society and public is quantified beyond just money.

"The harm to people, their livelihoods and existence is threatened by people who claim to be doing this for a reason."

Border-Kei Chamber of Business warns strikes will take toll on regional economy

It added that the loss to the economy, business confidence and jobs "will take its toll where ultimately the economy collapses completely, where destroyed State infrastructure such as municipal buildings, schools, clinics and community halls, cannot be replaced."

The Border-Kei Chamber of Business called on all structures to take a stand to support law and order and the general Rule of Law. 

"Furthermoreadvocating strong action, which includes resolving legitimate grievances, is recommended before Citizens begin to take the law into their own hands."

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