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KwaZulu-Natal's MEC for finance and economic development, Zweli Mkhize, was taken to task yesterday by disgruntled street hawkers in Durban.
The meeting was also attended by eThekwini mayor, Obed Mlaba. In the meeting, the hawkers - mostly women and youth - raised concerns about the bad treatment that they allegedly suffer at the hands of Metro police. They complained that the police throw their wares on the streets.
Hawker Nomonde Ndlovu said she hoped that after the meeting they would be able to operate freely without any fear of abuse from the police.
One of the hawker leaders, Emmanuel Dlamini, said they had raised the issue of licences, but to no avail. He said he believed that now that the provincial government has intervened, their problems would be solved.
Mkhize acknowledged that hawkers faced problems he attributed to the unavailability of space, lack of shelters, trading licences and levels of cleanliness where they operate.
He said the meeting was to clarify some issues that the hawkers faced in the build-up to the 2010 World Cup.
"Most of them are not aware of what is required of them by football's governing body, Fifa.
"Fifa has put up strict regulations for selling, advertising and promoting, which they have to abide by," Mkhize said.
He added that his department will work with the municipality to ensure that "these small businesses grow into big businesses in the near future".