A convincing clean-up campaign by Ga-Segonyana local municipality has been intensified in all the streets of Kuruman to ensure that both sanity and hygiene prevail.
A thorough vetting exercise of street ven-dors is currently underway amid mixed re-actions from the victims and residents.
The operation that started emphatically on October 12, 2017 and will continue until October 31, 2017, involves different sectors of the municipality, the Department of Home Affairs and the SAPS. The exercise targets street traders and vendors without trading licences.
All traders, according to the municipal offi-cial, were alerted of the exercise so that
those without trading licences could re-move their wares and apply for the trading licences.
On condition of anonymity, many illegal traders cried foul about the exercise. They broadly blamed the municipality of playing games regarding the issuance of trading licences. Many claimed they had applied for licences in the past, two to three years ago, and were told to wait for approval, but nothing has materialised as yet.
The delay by the municipality to process trading licences, the vendors disclosed, finds them back on the streets to make ends meet. The by-laws of the municipality state that a written application must be submitted to the municipal manager requesting for a
street trading licence and within 90 days a feedback will be received by the applicant.
All perishables confiscated are disposed of within three days if not reclaimed before the stipulated period. For other confiscated wares from the streets, the local authority is not held liable for the loss or damage. Illegal vendors whose wares were confiscated, have to pay between R300-400 fines to reclaim their goods.
Concurring with the municipal communica-tions officer Mr David Mabhudi, the safety officer of the municipality Mr Tsediso Mosh-weu said that the town has to be kept clean to prevent the outbreak of diseases.