Commenting on behalf of the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber, CEO Kevin Hustler said; “The Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber strongly condemns the violence, intimidation and wanton destruction of private property associated with the protest action in Walmer this morning. Whilst we understand the frustrations of the community in the matters they are raising, we implore to all residents of Nelson Mandela Bay to raise issues through the appropriate channels available.
Seeing vehicles being stoned and mothers with terrified children trying to reach school this morning, is not acceptable to both the broader community and business.
The violence and extensive damage to private property and vandalism to businesses have led to several companies in the Walmer area closing their doors today. These actions seriously disrupt those going about their business and many companies opted to close their doors because of fears for the safety of their staff, customers and property.
Blocking of main thoroughfares in our city is totally unacceptable. This impacts directly on traffic flow, transport and logistics for business deliveries and employees trying to reach their places of work, as well as customer inaccessibility to retail or commercial facilities.
It is the opinion of the Business Chamber that the South African Police Service needed to have a much stronger measure of visible resources and personnel present on the ground to avoid the spreading of the unrest. It should have been well contained and not permitted to turn into the criminal activity, chaos and rampant anarchy seen today.
We call on the Executive Mayor Danny Jordaan and the political leadership of the Metro to intervene urgently to bring this current impasse under control and return stability to the area.”
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