Umlazi Confiscations of Trader Goods

This article was featured in the Daily Sun on 10th October 2011, titled ‘Cops’ Clean Sweep’ about the everyday reality and challenge faced by ‘informal’ traders due to instances of excessive police enforcement. What’s more, is the disregard of legal processes by police officials in ensuring that confiscated goods are returned to the traders after they have paid their fines, and in many instances, where receipts are not issued after the confiscation of goods.

Local government developmental objectives within the informal economy are surely undermined when this is the harsh everyday reality for many ‘informal’ traders. There is another possibility; of collaborative urban management that is developmental, through the meaningful participation of all relevant stakeholders, including the police and the informal trading communities.

Read similar stories here:
1. The Harsh realities of informal trade
2. Police Confrontation with Workshop Central Market Traders on 26 January 2011

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