SMME fighting spreads

Rival groups clash at police station over contracts

NELSON Mandela Bay ward councillor Nomajama Benya met small business leaders at the Walmer police station yesterday in a bid to quell tensions between rival groups over construction projects in the area.

While the intention was to meet with a select few leaders to find an amicable solution to the violent relationship between the opposing forums, the Walmer SMME group – led by businessman Luvuyo Popo – fled from the station after yet another scuffle ensued.

Yesterday’s meeting followed a clash the day before when blows were exchanged over who had the right to build in Walmer township.

Each group felt strongly that they were entitled to civil works contracts.

-Rochelle de Kock

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