PRESS RELEASE: UDM reax to Johannesburg
The United Democratic Movement (UDM) has learnt with sadness that the City of Johannesburg is removing street vendors with their Operation Clean Sweep.
These people have said no to crime and choose face adverse weather conditions on a daily basis to make ends meet. They are breadwinners; they have families to care of and yet the ANC-led government robs them of the opportunity to create employment for themselves - something that Government has failed to do despite its promises.
One poses an important question when observing the ANC's behaviour, has Government ever thought of the plight of these people and their families who sometimes go to bed without food on their tables? These individuals do not want burden the state; they do not have the "entitlement mentality" or wish to depend on social grants; they want to earn their living.
Some of the ANC leaders were born and bred within families with the same background, but today they have forgotten where they came from. They are acting like a warthog and they too easily forget.
The lives of the street vendors are crucial for development no matter how small their contributions are and they are far too often subjected to inconsistently applied regulations and harassment from police, business owners, pedestrians and the state.
The UDM calls upon the ANC to come to its senses and allow street vendors to ply their trade on the streets of Johannesburg and elsewhere in order to support their families.
MEDIA STATEMENT BY MR BONGANI MSOMI, UDM SECRETARY GENERAL
For any enquiries, please call Mr Bongani Msomi 012 321 0010 or 082 702 6645