Organisation wants Masondo back

2013-11-18 18:30
The One Voice hawkers' organisation says Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau has turned his back on them. (Picture: City Press)

The One Voice hawkers' organisation says Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau has turned his back on them. (Picture: City Press)

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2013-10-30 08:38

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Johannesburg - The One Voice hawkers' organisation on Monday demanded the reinstatement of former Johannesburg mayor Amos Masondo.

Current Mayor Parks Tau's mother used to sell tomatoes for a living, One Voice spokesperson Zakes Ramotolana said.

"Our mayor has now turned his back against street hawkers, and forgets that his mother was once a hawker selling tomatoes," Ramotolana said.

Under former mayor Masondo the hawkers were treated like proper business people.

"We demand that Masondo comes back and Tau must resign," he said.

The hawkers met in the Johannesburg CBD for a march to the mayor's office to hand over a memorandum.

The City of Johannesburg has been registering all legal traders on the streets.

The process was started after it was found there were discrepancies between the allocated stalls on the city's database and the number of stalls counted on the street.

It was found that several traders were being allocated smaller areas, causing overcrowding. In addition some stands were being traded and leased illegally.

The process was initially meant to focus on seven streets, but it was later agreed to extend it to 17 streets.

The SA Informal Traders' Forum (SAITF) announced plans on Sunday to take the city to court over the removal of informal traders in the CBD.

SAITF said the court action followed weeks of speaking to the city in order to find solutions to the evictions of traders.

SAITF said it participated in meetings with the city at which it was decided that a verification process be done at the beginning of November, with the relocation of traders from 11 November.

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