Hawkers: We will make Tshwane ungovernable

By Drum Digital
17 June 2014

More than 100 hawkers gathered near the Bosman station in Pretoria central, protesting against what they call abuse at the hands of police int he area.

Some of the protesters dumped rubbish bins on the street pavements in what is likely to only be the beginning of further action.

Members of the Tshwane Barekisi Forum called for the resignation of Tshwane mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa, alleging that he had failed them.

They threatened to make the city of Tshwane ungovernable if the abuse they experience from police does not come to an end.

"We want the president to intervene and rescue us. The metro police officers who killed Foster Rivombo, our member, are threatening us," forum deputy secretary Mary Ngema said.

"We are harassed every day. Nothing happens if we open cases with Ipid (Independent Police Investigative Directorate). They are working together against us," she continued.

Dan Matlanyane is a convenor at the forum and said they were prepared to face whatever consequences came for their action. "If we are going to be arrested, let it be," he said.

The forum claimed that in January, Rivombo, a vegetable vendor, was shot dead in the city for refusing to hand over his stock to Tshwane metro police.

Forum chairman Shoes Maloka said Foster Jan Rivombo was shot by a police officer who wanted to confiscate his stock of apples and bananas.

The Tshwane metro have not commented on the matter.

- SAPA

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