Hawkers shut down Joburg CBD

2013-11-28 14:38
Informal traders demonstrate outside the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

Informal traders demonstrate outside the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - Disgruntled hawkers in Johannesburg forced businesses in the CBD to close on Thursday.

The hawkers said they would not allow anyone to trade because the City of Johannesburg and the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg were not taking them seriously.

"We are hungry. How are we supposed to feed our families this Christmas? They must all close," said vegetable vendor Dorcas Mlangeni.

Mlangeni said she had been trading along Kerk Street for over two years.

"We are losing income while officials get salaries and will have a good Christmas."

They walked in groups and forced shopkeepers along Kerk, Small, and Bree streets to close their doors.

Those who did not adhere to the instructions had stones thrown at them.

A defiant shopkeeper on Kerk Street was kicked at and hit with sticks. He decided to oblige after a few of them tried to loot his shop.

The busy Small Street was also closed for business.

The SA Police Service and the Johannesburg metro police arrived minutes later as the shops remained closed.

On Wednesday, the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg ruled that the hawkers' application to be allowed to trade again was not urgent.

The case was postponed to next year.

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