Johannesburg metro police confiscate sandwiches from seller trying to take care of daughter
- The JMPD confiscated the sandwiches Itumeleng Lekomamyane started selling to take care of his daughter.
- Business Insider previously reported how Lekomamyane started his business with only R800 and grew it into a R20,000 a month business in six months.
- The JMPD said they were only doing their job to ensure traders adhere to the city’s bylaws.
- For more stories, visit Business Insider South Africa.
The Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) on Thursday morning confiscated sandwiches from a young entrepreneur trying to take care of his daughter.
Business Insider South Africa on Thursday morning reported how Itumeleng Lekomamyane, 27, grew his sandwich business to a R20,000 a month business with only R800 six months ago.
See also: FEEL GOOD: This dad began selling sandwiches to care for his child with R800, and now makes R20,000 a month
“I had a choice to either pay my three-year-old’s daughter’s maintenance, or use the R800 to start my business. I chose to rather risk it,” Lekomamyane told Business Insider South Africa.
“Everything I do, I do for my daughter. I want to give her the things that were never afforded to me.”
On Twitter, Lekomamyane shared that before Business Insider’s story was published, JMPD officers confiscated all of his inventory at one of his four locations.
He was told to pay R1,600 to get it back, and that the City of Johannesburg is no longer issuing permits because Herman Mashaba resigned as mayor.
I'm upset the @JoburgMPD took Lindokuhles stock by Standard bank all of it and we are told to pay R1600 to get it back which is just a ridiculous amount for spoilt stock and @CityofJoburgZA told me they only issuing permits this year late March because Herman Mashaba resigned https://t.co/P1KKDmZW3x— Itumeleng (@sandwich_keeng) February 6, 2020
The JMPD has always known I'm by that corner they even buy from me in the morning,now only to take stock cause they see a new guy there now they acting up.Yeses ka overheated,after this shift ends I'm going to have a word with them— Itumeleng (@sandwich_keeng) February 6, 2020
Lekomamyane could not be reached for comment by Thursday afternoon.
JMPD spokesperson Wayne Minnaar said the officers would have had a good reason to confiscate the goods.
“Our officers won’t without good reason confiscate goods, he must have been in contravention of the bylaws,” Minnaar told Business Insider South Africa.
Asked if he is not concerned that the city is making it difficult for entrepreneurs trying to make a living, Minnaar said everyone has to adhere to the law.
“There are thousands of traders the City works with, thousands and thousands of traders who are never in contravention of the law.”
On Twitter, users expressed their shock over JMPD’s treatment of Lekomamyane.
This is heartbreaking but they let those people selling counterfeit goods do as they please— MaNgwenya???? (@MissThandoN) February 6, 2020
The government is anti-Black. This has nothing to do with permits or anything. You decide to be a crook and rob them, they complain. You make an honest living, they do what they did to you.— Sweet_T (@Tsietsi_Mohale) February 6, 2020
@YEparticipation please resolve the business permit issue.@NYDARSA please assist with proper infrastructure for the growth of his business.@SAHRCommission please protect his Constitutional right to Freedom of Trade. Hang in there dawg. I hope all will be sorted soon! ????— Gaaanelwe Madimane (@GMadimane) February 6, 2020
Some offered to start a crowdfunding campaign to make up for his loss.
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