Scores of unemployed people from Bardale in Mfuleni flocked to a tent in Parliament Road to register in the City’s jobseekers database last Wednesday. The event was conducted by the City’s Mayco committee member for Area East Anda Ntsodo.“The intention is to curb corruption and nepotism done by community leaders in the community.” Residents applauded the initiative and said they are hoping that it will bear fruit. They said there are many projects occurring in the area, some of which marginalised some people. “We see the same faces (benefitting) in these projects. There are people who started working early this year and are still working even now ... We are hoping that with the presence of councillor Ntsodo, we will get hired,” said Nolusindiso Khetsha. The unemployed mother of three said she has been out of a job for more than four years, surviving only on odd jobs. Ntsodo described the initiative as part of the City’s Extended Public Works Programme. “We are trying to create fairness and transparency by ensuring that everyone gets equal opportunities. We are also trying to correct all the wrongdoings that happened in the past, with community members complaining of nepotism,” said Ntsodo. He rubbished allegations that the initiative is part of a campaign for next year’s elections, but said they are rectifying the system for the people to benefit. “This has nothing to do with politics. We want all people, including small contractors in the area to benefit regardless of which political party the person is affiliated in,” he concluded.