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Theme: Informal Economy
Occupational Group(s): Street Vendors
Region(s): South África ; Sub-Saharan Africa
South África How a street trader’s court victory over metro cops changes the game Rand Daily Mail . (26 February 2015)
By Rickard, Carmel.

It could be one of the smallest damages awards made by a high court in recent times, but the R775 plus interest ordered by Judge Dhaya Pillay represents an enormous victory for street traders everywhere in South Africa.

South África Municipality impounding informal traders' goods 'unlawful' Mail and Guardian . (17 February 2015)
By Benjamin, Chantelle.

An important ruling for informal street traders was made on Tuesday in the Durban high court, where the court held that the eThekwini municipality’s power to impound and confiscate the goods belonging to these traders under the 2014 Informal Trading Bylaw is unconstitutional, invalid and unlawful.

South África Township wars -the myth and mayhem BD Live . (1 February 2015)
By and Thekiso Anthony Lefifi, Lucky Biyase.

That study seems to answer the question raised by Lindiwe Zulu, the Minister of Small Business Development, who fuelled tensions this week by saying that foreign business owners must reveal their "trade secrets" to local business owners.

South África Street Vendors Defy City Trading Ban Grocott's Mail . (11 December 2014)
By Dayimani, Malibongwe .

Thabiso Ntjolo, from Lesotho, and two of his compatriots Mohlatsi Letopo and Motlatsi 'Junior' Mava have been trading at the side of a busy intersection between Bathurst and Beaufort streets since 2010. According to Ntjolo, Makana Traffic cops come at least three times a month to confiscate their stock or pay fines of R300 to retain it.

South África Cop Could be Forced to Pay for Confiscated Sandals News 24 . (26 November 2014)

An eThekwini metro police officer who confiscated 25 pairs of rubber and plastic sandals from a street trader could find herself paying thousands of rands in legal fees.


For more information on legal cases affecting street vendors, visit the law & informality section of our website.

South África Press Release: Durban High Court to hear street traders matter Legal Resources Centre . (25 November 2014)

In the Dur­ban High Court on Wednes­day 26 Novem­ber 2014, the eThek­wini Municipality’s power to impound and con­fis­cate goods of infor­mal street traders will be chal­lenged.

South África Hawkers important to the economy: MEC Maile The New Age . (21 September 2014)

Informal traders are a vital part of the provincial and national  economy, Gauteng economic development MEC Lebogang Maile said on Sunday.

South África Survivalist street traders keep economy running Media Aids . (8 July 2014)
By Maxon, Chris.

The majority of street traders in South African are black women who trade in sweets, knick knacks, cigarettes, clothing and most prominently in fruit and vegetables.

South África Cops who torment hawkers to be booted ioL news . (1 July 2014)
By Mudzuli, Kennedy.

Rogue police officers who harass informal traders will be flushed out of the system -not only in Pretoria, but across Gauteng.

South África South Africa: The Plight of Informal Street Traders All Africa . (26 June 2014)
By and Adam Armstrong, Barbara Maregele.

Last week, GroundUp witnessed law enforcement officers confiscating the fruit of two street vendors on the corners of Belmont and Main Road, Rondebosch. They are among thousands of informal vendors breaking city bylaws to sell their goods at traffic lights and intersections across the City in order to make their daily living.