'We cannot have an industry that is not regulated'

Small Business Development Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni on Monday visited hawkers' representatives in the Johannesburg central business district.

RELATED: Joburg city centre calm after vendors' clash with police on Thursday

The visit is after chaos erupted on Thursday when street vendors clashed with the police during a raid to seize counterfeit goods.

RELATED: Violent clashes between protesters and police in Joburg CBD

Clement Manyathela on the Xolani Gwala Show chats to the minister about the visit.

We met with representatives of various brand owners, who told us that between December last year and July this year they have already lost R350m because of counterfeit goods and pirated goods. We met with hawker association who are operating within the CBD and we agreed that the attack on police cannot be them. They agree that it was not them and it couldn't be them.

Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, Minister - Small Business Development

She says the ministry has agreed to do a register on informal traders as well as small business enterprises.

From that register, we want to then give permits for people to operate in certain categories because we cannot have an industry that is not regulated.

Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, Minister - Small Business Development

Listen below to the full interview:


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