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DURBAN - A disgruntled local business group has blockaded the entrance of the community hall in KwaMashu, L section. They are demanding to speak to the Premier Willies Mchunu. The group want Mchunu to force the foreign business owners who have businesses in the area to leave.
The angry business owners blockaded the entrance to the hall and officials were locked in. The protesting crowd would not allow anyone to leave the hall.
eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede was expected to hand over operating licenses to 391 local business owners on Thursday. Mthunzi Gumede, a spokesperson for the mayor, confirmed the event had been canceled.
"Because of the chaos outside, we have decided to cancel the event until further notice," he said.
The disgruntled business group is demanding that all foreign businesses should get out of the Inanda, Ntuzuma and KwaMashu (INK) area.
Gumede said officials had met with the business community and discussed the need to rather issue business owners with operating licenses. The process of issuing foreign business owners with licenses was still underway, he said.
Sipho Kaunda, chairperson of the Economic Development and Planning committee, said the crowd blockading the gate have different demands outside of the agenda of the day.
"We have canceled the event to make way to have discussions with them. We are still communicating with the Premier's office. We are not sure whether the premier will be available to come and speak to them," said Kaunda.