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FURIOUS traders in Durban have vowed to take the municipality to the Constitutional Court if it presses ahead with plans to shut down the historic "Early Morning Market" to make way for a multimillion-rand shopping mall.
They say 5000 traders will lose their jobs if the market is closed.
The mall is planned to replace the 99-year-old market in busy Warwick Avenue and is expected to be completed before the soccer World Cup next year.
Many of the traders said they had worked at the market all their lives.
Some said they would rather die than move to the area that the city bosses had set aside.
The battle started when the council suggested that the traders move to a site in Alice Street, which the small businessmen say would "kill off" their businesses.
Meetings between council officials and the traders have failed to resolve the impasse.
The incensed traders were told to shut down their stalls by yesterday so demolition could begin. They refused to be evicted and said they would fight their battle all the way to the Constitutional Court.
An 11th hour meeting on Wednesday afternoon was held to try resolve the problem. Harry Ramlal, chairman of the Early Morning Market Traders Association, said the meeting went well though they still had "reservations".
"An undertaking was reached that the matter would be referred back to the council for a re-look."
Ramlal said the traders had heard rumours that the developers were "forging ahead with the project".
"It would be a relief if we were assured that the project would be put on hold while we are still negotiating.
"This matter should not have reached this stage. It's clear the city only came to us [after] having taken a resolution to shut us down.
"But we are not prepared to back down. We will fight to the bitter end for our livelihoods as more than 5000 people would lose their jobs. This is a battle for survival," Ramlal said.
Municipal manager Michael Sutcliffe said yesterday that the development would go ahead.
He is due to tour the new location with the traders today.
"This is something they should have done before a decision to move us was taken," said Ramlal.
"How do you decide to move a person and thereafter you conduct a feasibility study? Its not on."
Sutcliffe said the meeting had given both sides a chance to raise their concerns.
"Clearly, there was a misunderstanding, which led to all the problems,"