South Africa 24.10.2013 04:57 pm

Metro officer injured in Joburg protest

FILE PIC. A man walks past empty stalls that used to be occupied by  traders. Picture: Tracy lee Stark

FILE PIC. A man walks past empty stalls that used to be occupied by traders. Picture: Tracy lee Stark

A Johannesburg metro police officer was injured when a protesting hawker threw a brick at him on Thursday.

He was taken to hospital with a shoulder injury, said Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar.

Violence erupted in Jeppe Street, central Johannesburg, during a clean-up operation at 2pm.

“The hawkers are contravening the by-laws of the city, which is conducive to crime. So the [Johannesburg metro police department] is enforcing the by-laws and removing the hawkers from where they should not be,” said Minnaar.

The by-laws, which are listed on the city’s website, prohibit a street trader from running a business if it obstructs a pedestrian’s use of the sidewalk or is on a sidewalk less than four metres wide.

Businesses can also be shut down if they create a nuisance, damage the surface of a public road, and create a traffic or health hazard.

Minnaar said the protest abated later in the afternoon. The operation would be enforced throughout the CBD, he said.

Sapa

 

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