Business may be hit by ongoing Mthatha protests

A cloud of black of smoke has been hovering above Mthatha today after a group of unknown people burnt tyres and rubbish on some of the busiest streets including the R61 near the Circus Triangle Shopping and the Nelson Mandela Drive near the Plaza Shopping Centre.
Even several shops have closed their doors for fear of being targeted.
Mthatha police spokeswoman Captain Dineo Koena however said they did not know who was behind the chaos on the streets.But she confirmed that police had at some stage been forced to use rubber bullets at a crowd of people that had blocked one of the roads.
“We don't want to assume but our members have been deployed to monitor the situation around town,” she said.
OR Tambo District Chamber of Business president Vuyisile Ntlabati meanwhile has warned that the situation could have dire consequences for small businesses as they may not recover from the setback.
“Businesspeople have been complaining that their turnovers had dropped. Some will never recover from this as they don't have any financial backing.”
He also warned that this could potentially drive away investors and even customers from out of town...

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