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Residents protest at mall opening

Residents of the Princess informal settlement near Roodepoort protest on Albertina Sisulu Road (Formerly Main Reef Road).Residents are protesting a lack of housing and service delivery in the area. Picture: Wesley Fester 210114

Residents of the Princess informal settlement near Roodepoort protest on Albertina Sisulu Road (Formerly Main Reef Road).Residents are protesting a lack of housing and service delivery in the area. Picture: Wesley Fester 210114

Published Oct 29, 2014

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Johannebsurg - Orange Farm residents barricaded roads and burnt tyres demanding jobs at the opening of a new mall in the area, Gauteng police said on Wednesday.

Captain Johannes Mophiri said about 80 people were protesting for jobs, outside the mall. They had submitted their CVs to the mall's management but only a selected group were hired.

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“The mall management said they received 10 000 CVs but were only looking for 1 500.”

He said management decided to keep the rest of the CVs for future posts which may become available.

The protests began around 4am. The roads leading to the mall were barricaded with stones, rocks, burning tyres and tree stumps.

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A fight broke out between a protester and a security guard. They were both arrested for assault.

“The protesters wanted to push the gates open to enter the mall premises.”

The crowd had dispersed by 7pm, Mophiri said.

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Police monitored the mall on Tuesday and on Wednesday.

Sapa

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