A CLEANING company that is currently servicing Imbalenhle Clinic has responded to the allegations that it does not hire people from the community of Imbali; which has led to their employees being attacked by some community members. Echo reported last week that there were employees from Jackson’s Cleaning Company who were attacked inside Imbalenhle Community Centre on February 23, by a group of people who pretended to be patients, but later attacked them. The company is being accused of not employing people from the community around Imbalenhle Clinic. Nick Jackson, who is the owner of the company, has responded to the allegations saying that they are all false. He told Echo that 90% of the people that they have employed are from the surrounding areas of Imbalenhle Community Centre.“We have proof of residence from all our employees and they all state they are living within Imbali and they are from the areas that are being serviced by Imbalenhle Clinic. We have no idea why are they being attacked because they are from the community,” he said. Jackson said they are taking this matter very serious. He said they have been engaging with Imbalenhle Clinic management to try and get a solution to this problem, but the talks are still ongoing. “Imbalenhle management has been a great help since this whole thing started. They went as far as beefing up the security by bringing more security guards to make sure that the employees are safe.“Our employees are back at work because we want to make sure that we give excellent service all the time. What we have done is that we have taken up safety precautions for our employees to ensure their safety.” Jackson said this is not the first time that their employees were attacked. He said two weeks before the recent incident their employees were attacked by the community members for the same reasons that the company does not employ people from the community.“We are trying to get a solution to this problem. We do not have a problem with even meeting with the ward councillor to discuss the way forward.” Last year the community members closed the entrance to this clinic with burning tyres demanding to be employed by the company that was servicing the clinic at the time. The company was then dismissed and Jackson Company took over. Jackson said when they took over they were told that they need to employ people from the community and they did just that.