SWACBTA Calls for Fairness from Mbabane Municipality on the evictions of Street Vendors.


On the night of the 4th of August 2014 the Swaziland Royal Police and Mbabane municipality security forces invaded the Mbabane bus rank and took items belonging to street vendors in Mbabane.
The morning of the 5th of August 2014, 430 street vendors were met with empty stalls and confusion. No one addressed them to as what happened and when they confronted the municipality security they denied knowing who is in possession on their items.
In getting to Mbabane, SWACBTA’S Chairperson Make Vilakati, confronted the office of the municipality and demanded that their things be returned to them. On the 6th August 2014 the municipality said they must come collect their things. The street vendors found all their fruits and vegetables on the floor and some were burnt, such as sweet potato bags.
The question now is who will reimburse the lost, damaged and burnt items. These items were worth not less than E400.00 for each stall? Normally this is a supply for 3 days.

The Swaziland Cross Boarder Association-SWACBTA demands fairness in the re allocation happening in the Mbabane rank. Also the organization is calling for the street vendors to be treated with respect and dignity.

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