TRADERS MARCH ON COUNCIL

MORE than 500 traders marched in Durban yester day to oppose the controversial Early Morning Market development.

MORE than 500 traders marched in Durban yester day to oppose the controversial Early Morning Market development.

Dancing and singing, hoisting sticks and knobkerries, they marched along Pixley KaSeme Street (previously West Street) to the City Hall to hand over a memorandum.

Police had to stop some of them from looting goods from street vendors.

"Save the market", "No work no food", "Council robs people of food", some of the placards read.

When the plan to give Durban's Early Morning Market a facelift was announced, traders fiercely opposed the move, fearing it would threaten their livelihoods.

The municipality wants to build a multi-million rand development, including a shopping centre, on the site.

In their memorandum, traders demand that the eThekwini municipality "preserves, promotes and supports the market's sustainability".

"The municipality must upgrade and extend the market in order to accommodate all informal traders," the memorandum read.

It was received by Lennox Mabaso from the department of tourism. - Sapa

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