Informal traders who operate from Cape Town Stadium Market are disgruntled after they were banned by the City of Cape Town from trading yesterday because of a soccer match that was being hosted at the venue.
The City of Cape Town claims the traders’ area was required for parking. The city has further informed traders that they will not operate on event days leaving the traders stranded and making huge losses.
Chairperson of the Cape Town Stadium Market Rosheda Muller said they had been informed of the changes on New Years Eve so they had not had adequate time to make other arrangements.
“Traders have been stocking up with consumables, food and stock for the first Sunday of 2020, anticipating another great trading day. To deny them trading will result in monetary losses, particularly for the food traders.”
The Cape Town Stadium Market reopened last month with traders celebrating their return after being evicted in 2009 to accommodate the building of the stadium for the 2010 World Cup.
Authorities were on high alert outside the Green Point Athletics Stadium yesterday as a group of traders picketed against the move made by the city.
A Hanover Park trader said:
“Why do they send 12 law enforcement cars when we need them the most in Hanover Park? They shoot and kill people almost every second day in Hanover Park, but they’ve sent officers here where we’re trading.”
The City of Cape Town said it was not their responsibility to find alternative trading areas on events days due to the agreement between the parties, however the city would discuss with relevant departments to find workable solutions.