Traders protest in Pretoria

2012-08-21 16:10
Pretoria - Hundreds of informal traders gathered in central Pretoria on Tuesday protesting against alleged harassment by the Tshwane metro police.

Spokesperson of the Tshwane Informal Traders Association, Shoes Maloka, said the vendors were demanding to meet mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa to resolve the stand-off.

"Last night, his police officers seized large volumes of our stock at a warehouse in Marabastad. We are very disturbed," said Maloka.

"Vendors are some of the poorest people in this country. To worsen matters, we are also continually harassed by the metro cops," he said.

The crowd held burning candles and sang struggle songs and danced.

Some were brandishing placards, denouncing the Tshwane municipality, especially the metro police.

Police cars and a water cannon were parked at points of entry to Church Square.

A police helicopter was hovering at the scene.

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