Public demand jobs
THE Mangaung metro mayor, Olly Mlameleli, yesterday issued a warning to residents in the city who went on the rampage demanding jobs.
She said there were proper procedures to follow when people wanted employment.
Mlameleli was speaking after meeting delegates representing 400 angry residents who earlier in the day embarked on a protest in Batho location in Bloemfontein.
Residents barricaded roads with burning tyres and bricks demanding jobs from the mayor.
Community leader Tebogo Koloti said they were promised permanent jobs after their expanded public works programme (EPWP) ended last year.
The project was to maintain a stream at a nearby recreation park but it ended and they said they were told that they would be part of a second phase and would be provided with permanent jobs.
But Mlameleli said she was baffled by the claims that they were promised permanent jobs after the completion of the first phase of the project.
“Claims by the EPWP beneficiaries that they have been excluded from the programme are not true,” Mlameleli said.
“They are upset that they are not all included after having benefited for a number of years. We have a duty to be fair and equitable to all the unemployed people of the metro.”
She said she was not particularly impressed by the way the group handled the matter.
“We are surprised that you have been promised jobs and it does not work that way.
“If there are permanent jobs in the municipality they will be advertised like any government department.
“We can’t just say that there are jobs for you. The truth is that there are no jobs here at the moment.
“You cannot just come and demand jobs, do you know how many people are looking for jobs in the metro? Thousands and thousands,” she said.
Koloti said they came to the office of the mayor because they had been trying to engage their councillors in different wards without any luck.
“Mangaung has disappointed us because we want permanent jobs which they promised.
“We are not here to fight but to plead with the mayor as per the promise that some of our people who worked at the stream would get steady jobs.
“We cannot work in these programmes that run only for a few months and end, we would like permanent jobs so that we can feed our families,” he said.
Koloti said they were disappointed that their meeting with the mayor did not yield any positive results.
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