In the early hours of 19 July 2022, informal traders trading at De Villiers trading precinct inclusive of Plein, Twist, Joubert, Eloff and King George Streets, were welcomed by the overwhelming presence of the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (“JMPD”). They were informed that Mr Nkululeko Mbundu, a Member of the Mayoral Committee for Economic Development (“MMC”), had given an order for the prohibition of their trade.
The prohibition on trade took place despite a Constitutional Court order prohibiting the City from interfering with the traders’ rights. Most traders have since not been allowed back to trade. On 25 July 2022, the traders brought an urgent application in the Johannesburg High Court for their restoration and to hold the City and its office bearers in contempt of the Constitutional Court order.
Khululiwe Bhengu, attorney for the informal traders said, “The conduct of the City in prohibiting trade in the precinct disregarded the Constitutional Court order. It is an assault on the dignity of the traders and further entrenches the culture of disregard for the livelihoods of persons trading in the informal economy.”
The application will be heard on Wednesday, 27 July 2022, before the Gauteng Local Division of the High Court, Johannesburg.
- Khululiwe Bhengu, SERI Attorney:
- Muano Nemavhidi, SERI Candidate Attorney:
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