FIGHTS OVER LAND
By: Nomfundo Ngcobo
Desperate street vendors from uMlazi, south of Durban, protested over land they claim has no owner.
UMlazi street vendors are furious of the land being closed for four years after it owners sold it to an outsider.
They used the land for their small businesses before they were removed for an outsider to own the place.
Community member and street vendor, Precious Nene, said that they were removed with cruelty but up until today the place has not been used.
She added that every time they attempt to use the place they are removed by the police and told it has an owner.
“This place seems to have no owner, we will continue to fight and use it to sell our goods because we are not disturbing anyone and no one seems to own or use it for business,” said
Senzo Masango, a business owner, claimed that he attempted buying the land from KwaZulu Finance Corporation but he was denied the right to buy it.
“Our people have been using this place for business and income, the little they make here is the only way they can provide for their families,” said Masango.
Residents say Protests over this land have been done yearly for over four years.
Street vendors say they will continue using the place for their businesses no matter how many times they are removed.
Residents said that it was bad enough that they were removed from inside the land for the place to be secured and closed without use but they will not agree to being removed from the
KwaZulu Finance corporation were not available for comment.