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United voices for Hawkers in PE

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According to the herald news paper in Port Elizabeth,Informal traders in Walmer had their worst fears turn to reality yesterday when their wares were confiscated by metro police and municipal rangers. This comes after human settlements political head Nqaba Bhanga vowed last week the municipality would clamp down on hawkers trading illegally in Walmer.

The group of men, who sell wooden furniture alongside 8th Avenue, had their stock confiscated following a warning to get permits two months ago.

The hawkers claim the municipality makes no provisions for artisans and had no permit system in place for them.

The removal follows an initial warning in July which gave them two weeks to obtain a permit or to stop trading.

PE citizens lets stand up against abuse of any kind, especially from the municipality. We have issues that needs solving in the city and the municipality is gunning for soft targets rather than making sure their promises to the people are fulfilled.

Image credit: Brian Witbooi

Article extract from: Siyamtanda Capa

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