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Johannesburg metro police confiscate sandwiches from seller trying to take care of daughter

James de Villiers , Business Insider SA
 Feb 06, 2020, 04:49 PM
Itumeleng Lekomamyane (supplied)
Itumeleng Lekomamyane (supplied)
  • 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. 

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. 

Some offered to start a crowdfunding campaign to make up for his loss.

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