Reitumetse Makwea
Journalist
3 minute read
7 Jul 2022
6:04 am

Joburg vendors worry about being raided, stock confiscated

Reitumetse Makwea

'We have been trying to apply for the permit, but it’s either a complicated process or just being asked bribes.'

Informal Traders along De Villiers street in Johannesburg, 6 July 2022. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

A group of Joburg vendors said they were worried about loss of income as the cost of living continues to rise following the recent halt on permit renewals and applications which have made them targets of continuous raids which led to either “ridiculous fines” or not being able to retrieve their stock. Hawker Mbuso Ndala said many street vendors were forced to run away every time they saw the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) officers because of the “ridiculous fines” which cost more than their stock. “We have been trying to apply for the permit, but it’s either a complicated...