Group threatens to shut down informal traders market in Pietermaritzburg

Share your Subscriber Article
You have 5 articles to share every month. Send this story to a friend!
0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
Pictured (from left) are Imbali informal traders, Babalwa Vuzane, Happy Mthembu, Thandiwe Ngcobo, Makhosi Mngidi and Zodwa Mbele with Msunduzi mayor Mzimkhulu Thebolla and ward councillor Xolani Ngongoma in Imbali on Monday.
Pictured (from left) are Imbali informal traders, Babalwa Vuzane, Happy Mthembu, Thandiwe Ngcobo, Makhosi Mngidi and Zodwa Mbele with Msunduzi mayor Mzimkhulu Thebolla and ward councillor Xolani Ngongoma in Imbali on Monday.

What was meant to be a peaceful handover of 10 trading stalls to informal traders in Imbali on Monday turned dramatic when a group of people confronted the ward councillor and Msunduzi mayor Mzimkhulu Thebolla.

The group threatened to burn down the R300 000 newly refurbished Thwala market trading stalls and block anyone from operating from the premises. Municipal officials were forced to call the police and its own security to prevent the commotion from escalating.

The group were blocked from entering the event, opposite the Mbalenhle Clinic. They claimed they were not told of the event, and accused the ward councillor, Xolani Ngongoma, of not properly briefing them about it.

There’s more to this story
Subscribe to News24 and get access to our exclusive journalism and features today.
Subscribe
Already a subscriber? Sign in
Daily Poll
With the looming Covid-19 third wave, are people in your area still following Covid-19 safety protocols?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Yes, people are still wearing their masks, social distancing and sanatising
19% - 27 votes
Most people are still wearing masks but there is no social distancing
49% - 69 votes
No. It's like they've forgotten Covid-19 exists
32% - 45 votes
Vote
Latest Issue

View the Weekend Witness in PDF

Latest Issue
Read the latest news from KZN in digital form.
Read now