Mayor Thapelo Amad Fails to Implement Joburg’s Informal Trading Policy 3 months Into Office

Three months since Thapelo Amad’s election as City of Johannesburg Mayor through the ANC-EFF’s coalition of doom, his administration has seemingly abandoned implementing the city’s informal trading policy while the inner-city decays.

The decaying state of the Johannesburg inner city, with increasingly unsafe informal trading conditions and dysfunctional refuge removal, reaffirms ActionSA’s view that Mayor Amad and the ANC-EFF coalition of doom should urgently be removed from power. Across the city, the ANC-EFF coalition tenure has seen the deterioration of service delivery.

The City of Johannesburg’s year-old informal trading by-law, spearheaded by former ActionSA Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC), Nkuli Mbundu, intended to bring structure to informal trading, thereby improving safety and security to attract investment back to the inner city.

But when I, alongside Mbundu and ActionSA activists, visited the inner city this morning, we were shocked to find how governance of informal trading has been nearly abandoned, with traders operating dangerously on pedestrian walkways (Images here, here, here, here, here and video here). At the same time, the city’s cleaning program is dysfunctional with rubbish rising on street corners.

Mayor Amad is responsible for the mess Johannesburg has fallen into since his election, and ActionSA will keep him accountable for the failure of service delivery.

ActionSA believes that to get Johannesburg working we need to fix the inner city through Operation Buya Mthetho to improve refuge removal, safety and security, reclaiming abandoned buildings and providing decent affordable inner-city housing.

As a party committed to the rule of law and social justice, ActionSA will not rest until the residents of Johannesburg receives the services they deserve.