Sidewalk traders told to hit the road

2015-06-02 06:00
Law enforcement cracked down on illegal traders along Kommetjie Road in a recent traffic operation.

Law enforcement cracked down on illegal traders along Kommetjie Road in a recent traffic operation.

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A recent City operation led to a crackdown on illegal street trading along Kommetjie Road.

The operation follows concerns from residents about aggressive trading along the sidewalk close to the entrance to Masiphumulele on Pokela Road and the Lekkerwater Road entrance off Kommetjie Road, says subcouncil 19 chairperson Felicity Purchase.

The traders had reportedly erected tents and shelving, and covered the sidewalk with piles of cardboard. Pedestrians were forced to walk in the road to get past the traders, who were also obscuring the view of drivers.

Richard Bosman, executive director for safety and security, says the area in which the informal traders are operating is prohibited for informal trading. “Five illegal informal traders were found with their goods displayed on the sidewalk, causing an obstruction to pedestrian traffic flow,” he says.

The operation was preceded by an awareness drive in the middle of last month, Bosman says.

“Staff informed six traders that their activities were illegal and explained what route to follow to obtain legal status in an approved informal trading area. Written notifications were issued to the traders. During the operation, the five non-compliant traders were fined for trading in a prohibited area and obstructing the sidewalk,” he says.

The City’s law enforcement team was accompanied by the economic development coordinator for the area, who talked to the traders and offered them help with the process of applying for a legal trading site in the area, Bosman says.

“We have a responsibility to create opportunities for residents to enter the job market, but we must also ensure that the rights of other users within the space are not infringed upon,” he says

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