Joburg traders dealt a blow

2013-11-27 16:27

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The roughly 2?000 displaced street traders, who had dragged the City of Johannesburg to court after Operation Clean Sweep, this afternoon had their case struck from the urgent court roll.

South Gauteng High Court Judge Ramarumo Monama did not provide reasons, but granted the city’s request that the case be put on the normal roll and “heard in due course”.

The news was met with anger and dismay by a crowd of traders who had gathered outside the court this afternoon.

Several people were chanting anti-ANC slogans while others threatened to “close all the shops” or “burn down Bree (Street market)”.

While Monama did rule the matter was not urgent, he did not accede to the city’s other demand that the traders also face a punitive cost order.

Livingstone Mantanga, the chairperson of the South African National Traders Organisation, addressed the crowd outside the court promising the organisation would make a new plan before the end of the year.

“We don’t know what we are going to do yet, but we will regroup and make a plan,” he told City Press.

The traders had been asking for urgent interim relief in the form of being allowed back to their trading spots, at least until Clean Sweep is properly reviewed in court.

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