Entrepreneur Itumeleng Lekomonyane who sells sandwiches on Simmons Street in Johannesburg has had his merchandise confiscated by the Johannesburg Metro Police Department because he is contravening certain by-laws.
Clement Manyathela chats to Lekomonyane and JMPD spokesperson Wayne Minaar to give more insight on the story.
The JMPD came and demanded that my employee Lindokuhle Sikhosana move from where he was selling the sandwiches because they say he is not allowed to sell there, but I have been selling there for over three months.— Itumeleng Lekomonyane, Entrepreneur
He says he was requested to pay a fine of R1,600 which he says doesn't make sense because the JMPD took freshly prepared food.
Minaar, on the other hand, says there are by-laws in place in the City of Johannesburg and everyone needs to comply.
Trading may not be done within five metres of an intersection. Trading may not be done in front of places of worship. If a trader wants to trade, they need to find out what the by-laws are and if it's food, they need a food licence.— Wayne Minaar, Spokesperson - JMPD
Listen below to the full conversation: