Umvoti cracks down on informal traders

2012-12-05 00:00

THE Umvoti Municipality (Greytown) destroyed stalls and confiscated trading equipment belonging to informal traders yesterday morning.

Umvoti Informal Traders chairperson Delani Mkhathini said the municipality destroyed their stalls without any consultation. “To do this in December, our busiest season, was uncalled for. This is the time when we are able to save enough to put our children into universities and schools,” he said.

Mkhathini appealed to Umvoti Mayor Philani Mavundla to engage with them in order to find an amicable solution.

Mavundla denied that the council had not consulted the informal traders.

“We generally have an ongoing problem of lawlessness where people just dump dirt any­where. Even formal businesses put up their merchandise on the pavement to prevent informal traders from erecting stalls in front of their businesses. The entire town is filled with squatter camps, which are used as stalls by both formal and informal traders,” he said.

Mavundla said it was the municipality’s decision to enforce its bylaws. He said the matter was on top of the council agenda, because it needed to protect law-abiding citizens.

“Today we engaged with informal traders and set up a structure that will represent them,” he said.

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