People’s hearts have been broken after seeing the image of the elderly woman that has been going viral on social media. It is reported that the woman was being abused by her husband and has made numerous trips to the police station in an attempt to get assistance; however, she has not been supported in any of those visits.
It is tragic that some women have even lost their lives at the hands of men who claimed to love them, given that gender-based violence does not appear to be something that will disappear anytime soon.
#NoToGBV: South Africa husband treats wife badly
It should be made clear that someone who loves you would never intentionally do anything that would bring you sadness or put your life in jeopardy in any way. The woman has been mistreated a large number of times, but when she goes to the police station for assistance, the officers there do not pay attention to her.
It would appear that her husband is an abusive partner. When it comes to the treatment that they get from the police when they wish to report abuse, so many different women have voiced their complaints. It appears as though they do not care, and some people have even been killed while attempting to get help.
In the picture that was uploaded, the woman can be seen dozing off on the ground close to some shrubs although it appears to be quite chilly outside. Knowing that she is an elderly woman increases the risk that this will have a negative influence on her health.
A great number of people’s hearts were broken when they saw her lying there defenseless in such a freezing environment. A call is being placed to all of the people in the area, asking them to assist the woman if they know her, so that she may remain secure, or to contact another police station in order to get her assistance. It breaks my heart to watch women forced to sleep on the streets due to their anxiety about the treatment they may receive from their spouses.
People have demanded that all of the officers who refused to help should be fired because it is people like them who are responsible for many women losing their lives on the streets, which is wrong. People have called for all of the officers who refused to help to be fired.
It is their responsibility to ensure that they are secure and not to lock them up at a time when they might really need some assistance from them. What are your thoughts regarding this issue? , do leave a comment with your thoughts and follow this page for further updates. Please take into account that the first two photographs are only meant to serve as examples.
IN OTHER NEWS: The city’s aspirations to become a “world class” destination breed hatred towards Johannesburg’s informal traders, who are subjected to harassment.
Many people are forced to make a living in the informal economy, particularly through street trade, as a result of high unemployment rates and growing costs of living. Even though it is difficult to assess the scale of the informal sector, some studies have shown that more than sixty percent of people who are working around the world are involved in the informal economy. In Africa, it’s already above 80%, and the rate is only going up from there.
However, many governments actively prohibit informal trading because they view it as being incompatible with progress. They believe that unlicensed business activity contributes to traffic congestion, increases the risk of criminal activity and filth, and poses a threat to public order.
This is frequently the case in major cities, such as Johannesburg, the economic engine of South Africa, which aims to be a “world-class metropolis.” Other examples are the city of Chicago and the city of London. The phrase “world class” is synonymous with proper behavior and well-maintained public spaces. This goal, which is to preserve an image of a city that is orderly and properly managed in order to attract investments, is inimical to street trading because it seeks to discourage disorder and poor management.
However, there has been a significant increase in activity in Johannesburg. The authorities have difficulties as a result in terms of urban administration. These issues include overcrowding on crowded streets, conducting business in areas that have not been delimited, obstructing foot and vehicle traffic, and not having adequate waste management systems in place.
The method that the city takes to managing street commerce is mostly one of restriction. This is evidenced by the reduction in the number of legal places where people can engage in business, which has occurred as a result of evictions, relocations, harassment of business owners, and the seizure of their inventory.
This particular study
According to the findings of certain research, there is an increasing number of organizations that are working toward the goal of representing the interests of street merchants and exerting influence on policy and practice.
These organizations interact with the government in a variety of contexts and take part in urban governance in order to exert some kind of influence over the administration of street commerce. They make use of a variety of tactics in order to exert pressure on the government and encourage it to involve them in the decision-making process.
Ekurhuleni, Johannesburg, and Tshwane are the three major metropolitan cities in Gauteng Province, which is the economic hub of the country. The recent research I conducted for my doctoral dissertation focused on the role and influence of street trader leaders in urban governance in these cities. I was interested in learning more about their function in the administration of the city.
It is essential to have an understanding of the role that street trader leaders play in the management of street trading in order to inform the development of management strategies that are relevant, practical, and inclusive.
For the purpose of my research, I read stories from the media and documents from the government, and I also carried out in-depth interviews with authorities from the city as well as street vendors and the people who run those businesses.
I conducted interviews with one former city official, eight trader leaders, and eight street traders in the case of Johannesburg between 2017 and 2018. Johannesburg is the metropolitan area that is the least “friendly” to street trading.
Questions concerning the day-to-day management of street dealing, the interaction between street trader leaders and authorities, and the extent to which the leaders participated in controlling trading were posed to the respondents.
I discovered that the leaders of street traders represented the traders in a variety of different ways and had a variety of different interactions with the government. There are leaders who function on the periphery and have no formalized relationship with the authorities or quasi-state bureaucrats who have been formally included in the day-to-day management of street trade. These leaders are often referred to as “gang leaders” (they have the power to allocate trading spaces together with officials and manage waiting lists for spaces).
The leaders of the state’s periphery who have been barred from participating in formal processes find other methods to involve themselves in management decisions (allocating trading spaces in areas not demarcated for trade). The significance of these findings lies in the fact that they demonstrate what is actually taking place in terms of the regulation of street trade. A few of these approaches might be useful in guiding the implementation of an inclusive management strategy.
The regulations and customs surrounding street trade
At the very least in discourse, the City of Johannesburg’s policy on informal trading recognises that street trading is an inherent part of the urban environment. This, despite the fact that poverty, unemployment, and inequality are all at historically high levels. Over fifty percent of South Africans are living below the poverty line, while the unemployment rate is over thirty percent. This nation is consistently ranked as one of the most unequal in the entire globe.
In spite of the fact that the informal commerce policy of the city is designed to be inclusive, the authorities have a tendency to take a restricted and punishing stance. The environment that is created as a result of the translation of the policy into technical tools such as bylaws and the management practices of authorities is one that is unfavorable to street trade.
There are many different ways that the restricted management techniques present themselves. One of these is the restriction of the number of legal, delineated areas that can be used for street trading, which results in a scarcity of trading areas. Because of this, the majority of merchants in the city’s core are considered “illegal.” This makes them illegal and increases the level of competition for attractive market areas. (The city does not make information about the number of legal dealers readily available to the public.)
The city’s restricted management strategy manifests itself in a number of different ways, one of which is the eviction and relocation of street vendors from their places. For instance, in 2013, the year Operation Clean Sweep was carried out, which was a massive operation that resulted in the eviction of thousands of people who worked as street vendors in the inner city.
The method used to govern street trading in Johannesburg places a significant emphasis on the enforcement of ordinances. This leads to continued harassment of street merchants who are regarded “non-compliant,” and the confiscation of their product, which is frequently done in an unauthorized manner. Every day, members of the city police force intimidate and harass residents.
Corruption and threats of intimidation
The method used by the city has made room for authorities to abuse their power and engage in corrupt behavior. When law enforcement agents confiscate the traders’ stock, they often levy large fines, the total amount of which is greater than the value of the stock.
This is a common tactic that is used to get street vendors to pay bribes in order to prevent their merchandise from being seized by the authorities. In other circumstances, the police will not give invoices for items that have been confiscated. Therefore, there is no recourse for dealers to get their stock back.
As a result of all of this, many styles of management have been developed by leaders of street vendors.
For example, the leaders have established informal alliances with the authorities in order to better oversee business. Some leaders provide assistance to the government in the day-to-day management of street trade, which includes tasks such as the maintenance of order on the streets and the distribution of space for trading. This alternative kind of management helps increase the state’s power to oversee street trade and contributes to the development of solutions that are both pragmatic and effective to complicated problems.
On the other hand, this non-traditional method of management does come with some drawbacks. It has, in some cases, provided the leaders with an opening through which they can extort money from other traders.
Traders are sometimes charged “protection fees” by these individuals, and in exchange, they make the promise to shield the traders from law enforcement agents who harass them and confiscate their merchandise.
Some of the leaders even have the authority to kick out dealers who are “non-compliant” and take away the official trading places that have been allotted to them.
The vicious cycle of managing street vendors in Johannesburg presents itself in a variety of ways, including the eviction of vendors and the restriction of legal business locations. Despite the fact that policies recognize the importance of street trading, this is the case.
These kinds of repressive policies make it illegal for poor people to try to earn an honest life, which in turn encourages dishonest behavior. Therefore, there is an immediate need to discover better ways to the administration of street trade that recognize the role that the activity plays in the creation of jobs, the alleviation of poverty, and the mitigation of the high cost of living.