ActionSA leader Mashaba warns of KZN ‘jobs bloodbath’

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Herman Mashaba, leader of Action SA, and Makhosi Khoza, the KZN provincial chairperson of Action SA, at the Brookside Mall in Pietermaritzburg.
Herman Mashaba, leader of Action SA, and Makhosi Khoza, the KZN provincial chairperson of Action SA, at the Brookside Mall in Pietermaritzburg.
Estelle Sinkins

Herman Mashaba, leader of ActionSA, is predicting that the unrest in KwaZulu-Natal will lead to a “jobs bloodbath”.

Speaking to The Witness during a visit to Brookside Mall in Pietermaritzburg on Wednesday, he said that jobs would undoubtedly be lost at some 40 000 businesses that were damaged or destroyed by looters. Looking at the looted stores, massive fire damage and empty spaces which once housed bank ATMs, Mashaba said it would be months before the centre would be back up and running — if the owners decided to rebuild.

“You can imagine how many people were employed in this centre ... there is no way on earth you can reopen this shopping centre in a year’s time ... even if you get an insurance payout,” Mashaba said, adding that even if you did think about rebuilding, you would remain worried about the future if the main perpetrators were not arrested.

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