- Peaceful hospitality industry protesters were met with force by police outside Parliament on Friday
- Attempting to raise awareness over the dire situation facing the sector, around 200 citizens joined the protest
- Police met this effort to implore the government to reconsider lockdown regulations with stun grenades and water cannons
Peaceful protesters marching against the lockdown restrictions that are crippling the hospitality industry were met with fierce resistance from the authorities.
As around 200 citizens approached the gates of Parliament police deployed stun grenades and water cannons on the crowd.
The hospitality and restaurant workers had marched to draw the government's attention to the declining revenues facing the sector due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Brandishing signs saying #JobsSaveLives and #ServeUsPlease, the crowd had worn face masks and attempted to follow social distancing regulations in this desperate attempt to obtain help.
News24 spoke to Shavan Rahim, who had been on the scene, who confirmed that police officers had admitted they were under strict instructions to disperse the protestors. Similar protests have been sparked by the regulations across South Africa, with the industry losing millions in revenue in the face of strict and prolonged regulations.
With lockdown lasting months longer than the initial three weeks, numerous businesses have had no choice but to close down, sending workers home to face the harsh unemployment landscape.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that between 2.5 million and 3.6 million fewer South Africans were employed between the months of February and April due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
This is according to the National Income Dynamics Study Coronavirus Rapid Mobile Survey, which assessed the impact of the crisis on employment using a sample of 7 000 citizens.
Researchers found that employment levels declined by a worrying 18% during this period and the vulnerable were the worst affected.
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