A small business owner at the Khayelitsha Mall says that the fire that engulfed Shoprite stores on Tuesday was like a final nail in the coffin for small businesses at the mall.
Shoprite workers in King Williams Town have joined a two-day nationwide strike called by their union for better working conditions.
One of the workers still employed at the supermarket who has supported the dismissed workers was suspended for not coming to work and for “taking part in an unlawful strike”
The Shoprite workers dismissed from the Pelican Park Cente supermarket picketed outside the shopping centre in Cape Town on Friday. They have galvanized support from activists and community members, and have started a crowd funding initiative to sustain their struggle.
The case against 7 Shoprite workers who were dismissed after they took tips from customers has been postponed for further investigation. The retail company not only lay criminal charges of theft against the workers but dismissed them as well.
Chantay Potts said they were handcuffed in front of staff and customers. “We were handcuffed and were made to stand for 4 hours,” said Potts. The 19-year-old mother of one said they are accused of theft because they took tips from customers.