- The police confiscated a popular sandwich seller's goods on Thursday
- They claim that he contravened the City of Joburg's by-laws
- Social media users were up in arms when they heard the story
The Johannesburg Metro Police Department confiscated sandwiches from a popular young entrepreneur. The seller shared that the cops took all of his stock at one of the four locations he sells from. He expressed sadness because he uses the money to help support his three-year-old daughter
Briefly.co.za has previously reported on how Itumeleng Lekomamyane grew his sandwich business to a R20k a month business with only R800.
Speaking to Business Insider, he said that he did it all in order to be able to support his daughter.
He took to Twitter to share how the JPMD took his stock and asked for R1 600 to get it back because the City of Johannesburg was no longer issuing permits since Herman Mashaba resigned as mayor.
Business Insider further reported that JMPD spokesperson Wayne Minnaar said the officers wouldn't confiscate the goods for no reason. He claimed that the entrepreneur must have broken the by-laws.
Social media users were not happy with this explanation. Twitter user Mimi72581765 said:
"Am so sorry. They fail to create employment, when you do it yourself, they create crazy regulations to hinder you from succeeding"
"Wow this is heartbreaking. No matter how honest you try to earn a living. The system will always be anti black. Im almost certain the officials are black too. Sembi"
"While Foreign nationals are selling in every corner of SA without permits and nothing is being done to them"
"This is so painful on so many levels"
"The resignation of Herman Masha a has nothing to do with operations and performance of the permitting office. They must just give you the permit"
The entrepreneur has not let the negativity keep him down. He took to social media to share that his employee was back at the same spot to continue selling today.
"Lindokuhle is back at the same spot he was yesterday with new stock,new container,looking fresh AF"
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