Chaos at jobs fair in Zimbabwe underscores desperation for work

6 December 2023, 18:44

Zimabbwe Jobs Fair Stampede
Zimabbwe Jobs Fair Stampede. Picture: PA

Security guards used batons to restore order.

A stampede at a government-organised jobs fair involving hundreds of young people in Zimbabwe desperate for work left some limping and others screaming in pain, after being stamped on or beaten by security guards on Wednesday.

The chaos came as job seekers rushed to register for potential vacancies, but no serious injuries were reported.

The crush of people illustrated the growing distress over the lack of formal jobs in the country of 15 million people, which has been hit by long-running economic problems.

Hundreds turned up for the fair in the capital, Harare, holding envelopes with their CVs and college certificates.

Zimbabwe Job Fair
Young people are desperate for work (Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP)

They were hoping to be registered on a database of job seekers.

People stamped on each other in the rush to access a large hall where the registration was taking place.

Security guards used batons to restore order, but people still surged forward.

Last month 31 people died in a crush at a military recruitment event at a stadium in the Republic of Congo as large crowds of young people gathered to register to join the army, one of the few institutions in that country still offering employment.

By Press Association

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