We continue our look at the City of Johannesburg’s by-laws on informal trading. In this post, we look at section 10 of the by-laws, relating to the conduct of informal traders.
The City is heavily biased against informal trade. It recognises the right to trade informally, but then puts in place a host of restrictions which favour formal trading, and make informal trading exceptionally difficult. These restrictions are not only an unjustifiable infringement of the right to trade freely in terms of section 22 of the South African Constitution, but are also impractical in that neither the general public nor informal traders themselves abide by the restrictive rules.