South Africa: `Next time we`ll kick Fifa`s door down`

source: IOL
February 12 2010 at 07:11AM
By Luvuyo Mjekula

Irate workers have demanded that Fifa stops importing football World Cup-related clothes and mascots from China at the expense of local workers and manufacturers.

Angry traders and workers led by Cosatu protested outside Fifa’s offices yesterday and submitted a memorandum to Local Organising Committee (LOC) officials. They said clothing, scarves, fleece blankets, flags and caps were being imported from sweat shops in China.

“The manufacturing of Zakumi (the World Cup mascot) in China is the tip of the iceberg and many other products have now been discovered to have been bought outside South Africa,” they said.

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