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.

  • des.cider - 2012-08-22 00:27

    I am one of the minority group also hounded by police these days. I do not use Gautrain or the metro, I prefer to stay alive and above ground, so I cannot comment on this either, but I have never been as overcharged as I am by traders in Pretoria these days. I leave the trash pit with helicopters overhead and armed police alongside the freeway and I long to get home alive! Desmond Tutu is my hero and he rarely appears in my city these days…

  • frik.koos - 2012-08-22 09:17

    Just the other day in PTA I watched as the metro "confiscated" goods (aka stuff smokes and sweets into their pockets) while a taxi drove onto the pavement, drove past the metro police (still on the pavement) through a red robot. The metro cops didn't give a damn they all look so ecstatic to get their free sweeties / groceries home to their own kids. Talk about scum.

  • eunice.d.silva.bessa - 2012-08-22 10:31

    Well they stormed into a furniture store in CBD vandalising and throwing stones. These vendors banged on our windows. We had to lock all the doors because it started turning violent. What the hell does this have to do with protesting against the police? Pathetic people, they should all be locked up.

  • rainbownationrsa - 2012-08-22 11:10

    I disagree, we need to back these traders. We are forever complainging about the criminal element in our country yet we dont support the traders who choose to make a living out of trading to keep themselves from having to resort to crime to survive. They do no harm and I personally dont have any problems buying fruit and veg from them which saves me pockets of money in the long run. Their resonable prices also make it easier on the pockets of those that are not as well off as everyone commenting on this article right now.

  • given.mpisi - 2012-08-22 12:47

    Not yet Uhuru!!!!

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