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Street traders in South Africa play a vital role: how their rights can be protected

Street traders in South Africa play a vital role: how their rights can be protected

The South African informal economy accounts for 17% of employment. Street trading is the largest. Street traders are scattered around the many corners of the country’s towns and cities. They sell a vast range of products. Despite the significant role they play in economic and social development, street traders continue to be harassed by municipal officials. They face sustained forceful evictions, incessant confiscation of their goods, and the soliciting of bribes by police officials. These actions are indicative of the repressive relationship between the street traders and the local government in South Africa. Authors NONHLANHLA NGCOBO, PhD Researcher South African…
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