Resort tries to stop strikers

2015-11-27 00:37
A student holds a banner aloft during the march to the Union Buildings in Pretoria yesterday.

A student holds a banner aloft during the march to the Union Buildings in Pretoria yesterday. (Theana Breugem)

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Pietermaritzburg - The Pietermaritzburg high court has confirmed an interdict to put a stop to violent illegal protests that erupted last month outside the Drakensberg Gardens Golf and Spa Resort.

The interdict was obtained by Tsebo Outsourcing Group and Aliwell Investments against employees and ex-employees who gathered illegally outside the resort. According to the court papers, the protesters were also joined by “radical politicians”.

During the course of unrest which started on September 24, the protesters blockaded the entrance to the resort, burnt tyres, hindered and frightened guests, threw stones and also made death threats towards employees who did not participate in the protest.

Meganthran Reddy said by October 30 the situation was becoming “uncontainable and dangerous”, and police were deployed at the scene. However, he said, the protesters had appeared not to fear or respect the police.

Apart from the disruption to business operations and the resultant financial losses, Reddy said most of the guests at the resort were foreign tourists.

They had telephoned their families and friends in their homelands, which was not only bad publicity for the hotel but for the country as a holiday destination.

The interdict was confirmed by Judge Jerome Mnguni.

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