Transport strike paralyses informal sector

Motlogelwa who sells hotdogs said their current situation reminded her of the lockdown era PIC: PHATSIMO KAPENG
Motlogelwa who sells hotdogs said their current situation reminded her of the lockdown era PIC: PHATSIMO KAPENG

The fight for survival continues for street vendors selling food, fruits, hot dogs, second hand clothes, barbershop owners and hairdressers who have been in business at the Bus Rank for years despite public transport strike.

This follows a decision by the local public transport operators to down tools on Tuesday in protest over high operational costs. The public transport operators are protesting that the government increases fares due to the raising fuel prices that negatively affected their business. However, the strike did not only affect the public who uses public transport to and from work, schools and different destinations but the street vendors as well.

In an interview with Mmegi, 52-year-old Goitseone Reboele who sells fruits, sweets and airtime said there has been no business since Tuesday resulting in most of her perishable stock rotting. Besides, there were a number of spoiled bananas.

Editor's Comment
Shame on the Police!

According to a press statement from the police, unidentified armed men attacked on duty police officers at the station in the early hours of Tuesday.During the attack, the suspects stole 14 riffles, five pistols and an undisclosed number of ammunition.Although unconfirmed, it is alleged that the suspects were just carrying knives and axes, which they used to scare the men and women in uniform before they took them hostage to help themselves to...

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