‘Make us rich or city will burn’

Keep Watching: Police in riot gear monitor small business owners protesting in the Port Elizabeth city centre
Keep Watching: Police in riot gear monitor small business owners protesting in the Port Elizabeth city centre

Small business protesters issue  threat over way contracts policy

They came in their numbers, shut down municipal buildings in the Port Elizabeth city centre, and threatened that if they were not made millionaires, Nelson Mandela Bay would burn.

From about 5am and for most of the morning, about 250 small to medium business owners – mostly in the construction sector – blocked roads leading to the City Hall and prevented workers from entering.

The protesters demanded a meeting with the entire city leadership.

“We do not want small boys – we want the big boys,” some shouted as a few mayoral committee members and senior officials arrived.

The protesters said later that yesterday marked the first of many protests planned if they did not get their way.

Mkhululi Ndamase and Rochelle de Kock

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4 thoughts on “‘Make us rich or city will burn’

  • February 13, 2015 at 8:33 am
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    Why don’t they just understand that the problem might lie within themselves. They should be working on making their businesses more competitive, including demonstrating their ability to deliver. Everything else is in their favour.

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    • February 21, 2015 at 1:20 pm
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      George, these characters makes me think of vultures ! They sit high up in the trees and wait for somebody to make a success of some sort. When that happens they descend upon the perpetrator who is doing well for himself .

      ….then they come to demand their part of the success. It is absolutely ridiculous ! They demand part of the spoils of success, but they never will take part in making any success.

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  • February 12, 2015 at 10:58 am
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    Oh let them have their way,burn the place down it`s looking very slum like already might be a good thing, lol

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  • February 12, 2015 at 10:22 am
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    How would this city be if everyone behaved like this? I feel angry about the tons of sewerage flowing into the Swartkops River. Not to mention the sheer incompetence and waste done by our council! What if we all went down to the Municipal offices and wreaked havoc and threatened to burn down the city? Absolutely disgusting!

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