In an interview with State media, Industry and Commerce Minister Mangaliso Ndlovu said hundreds of people lost their jobs as a result of last week’s violent protests and Bulawayo companies were the worst affected.
He said investors who have plans to bring business in Bulawayo might lose interest now because of hooligans who just decide to go into people’s shops, loot and burn buildings. Said Ndlovu:
We’re yet to calculate the losses made, but hundreds of people have lost their jobs due to the destruction of business buildings, which are not only affecting individuals, but the entire nation. I don’t know how we’ll recover the lost production and infrastructure deficit that has been created. I’m disappointed that Bulawayo was the worst hit by the violent demonstrations and property worth millions of dollars was destroyed. It’s sad and I didn’t expect this from the people of Bulawayo. I made a number of calls and the updates I got shocked me.