Residents of Mamelodi, Pretoria, announced that they will take to the streets on Tuesday to protest the area’s unemployment. The unemployment rate in South Africa is at 34.5 percent, with townships like Mamelodi being the hardest hit.
They targeted the two economic nodes because they wanted them to hire young people from neighboring communities instead of individuals from far away.
They marched under the Operation Dudula banner despite the fact that the movement has always been about emphasizing the threat of South Africans losing jobs to foreign nationals.
Aggrieved residents are complaining about what they call a lack of action by automotive companies operating in the area to reduce unemployment.Tshwane Bahlali Dudula organized and led the march to encourage businesses to hire young people in the townships who have talents and certifications but are unable to support themselves and their families.
By: Khensani Khoza.