- Dec 24, 2014
Durban -A GROUP of Indian expatriates feared returning to work at the Durban Port after a “community forum” prevented the 32 men from leaving their accommodation on the Bluff.
Ramulu Dandiboniya said they had arrived from India about two years ago to build 36-metre diameter tanks including floating roofs and Geodesic domes. Part of this project also included sharing skills with South Africans.
Last week, they were prevented from leaving their accommodation and they felt fearful. “They (the community forum) were shouting slogans that we could not understand,” he said.
Dandiboniya, the project manager for VJ Tanks, said they worked on the project with Stefanutti Stocks and that the situation had deteriorated to the point where the Consulate of India had to get food to the men because they were locked in. “They are scared to even go buy bread,” he said.
Dandiboniya had arrived in SA in 2019, and the rest of the working crew followed in January 2020. When the rest of the workers arrived, they started to experience intimidation when one of them was verbally attacked in November last year.