Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Mitchell’s Plain traders forced to relocate

By Mikhaila Crowie
30 July 2008

The Mitchell’s Plain Concerned Hawkers and Traders are set to join the Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign.

This comes after the Mitchell’s Plain Town Centre traders faced forced removals by city officials and well-connected businessman.

This new organisation began on 13 March 2008, when SAPS and Metro Police, raided Town Centre on the Cape Flats, cracking down, not on criminal activity, but the dozens of men and women who make their living selling everything from fruit and vegetables to cigarettes and clothing.

Mieshka Cassiem, of the Anti-Eviction Campaign, said they put the objection through about the relocation of Town Centre hawkers and said there is now a major dispute.

“There was money allocated to upgrade the Mitchell’s Plain CBD and officials have allowed certain organisations to act unconstitutionally, so this is now also under dispute.”

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