Vendors to fight for World Cup trading rights

2010-06-04 15:13

Informal traders will defend their right to trade during the World

Cup in the Rustenburg High Court on Monday, Street Net International has


World Class Cities For All Campaign organiser Paul Shambira said

the Rustenburg Municipality had been removing street and market vendors as part

of pre-World Cup “beautification” without consulting street vendors or providing

any alternatives for them.

He said more than 1 000 vendors wanted the municipality to provide

them with permits and a place to trade.

“Informal traders are demanding fair trade and that opportunities

that exist for informal trade during the World Cup be extended to them.”

Shambira said that a court order brought by informal traders

against the municipality in 2007 to stop their removal was still in force.

“In effect the court order endorses the rights of the street

traders to earn an honest living.”

The order instructed the municipality to provide vendors with

trading permits and an alternative place if they had to be moved from the

streets, Shambira said.

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