Messages from the President of Streetnet and the invited guests during the opening of the International Council meeting held in Guinea Conakry - 25 to 26 Of May 2013
The International Council meeting of StreetNet was held from May 25 to 26, 2013 in Conakry, Guinea. This statutory meeting was organised about two months after the fourth International Congress of StreetNet which was held in Santiago, Chile.
UPTA Spain participates in the StreetNet International Council in Guinea.
UPTA Spain was represented at the StreetNet International Council held in Guinea (Conakry). The secretary of UPTA Spain on Sector Policy, César García, who was elected as International Secretary, at the Fourth Congress of StreetNet, represented UPTA Spain at this meeting and will do so successively for the next three-year term of the Executive Committee. StreetNet is the only global organisation which represents the interests of street vendors.
Case opened against police by informal traders in Durban for assault
Last week ten vendors have laid charges of assault claiming they were kicked and punched by the police during a raid when they allegedly confiscated corn, as they did not have permits. They said that the police also used pepper spray on them.
According to the Mzwandile Mvula, General Secretary of ACHIB(African Co-operative for Hawkers and Informal Businesses) and Umbumbano Traders Alliance, the business support unit is refusing to issue permits to traders who are selling mealies.
Mvula said that no one has been taking action against the police officers when complaints have been previously lodged against them." In one incident near Albert Park last year, police confiscated goods from hawkers and were seen sharing it among themselves. This matter has been reported but nothing has been done. In this matter, police brutality is unacceptable."
Metro cops `punched` mealie vendors
Durban`s informal mealie trade vendors are preparing for a showdown with city authorities after they were allegedly beaten by metro police officers who confiscated their corn for operating with permits.
Ten vendors have laid charges of assault, claiming they were kicked and punched by police during a raid in the city centre this week. They also said police used pepper spray on them.