Press Statements

BVTA Press Statement on a reported Video of BCC Municipal Police caught on camera attacking a vendor.

Bulawayo Vendors and Traders Association (BVTA) strongly condemns the reportedly attacks on a vendor by four Bulawayo City Council (BCC) municipal police officers, who appear to have been caught on camera seemingly brutally assaulting the vendor in the city centre as reported by The Chronicle Newspaper today.

We stand in solidarity with the victims. It is a heartless act, people have no sources of income, ever since the country went into lockdown since March earlier this year in trying to curb the spread of COVID-19, informal trading activities were banned which saw the decline of vendors’ businesses. Vendors have been struggling to make ends meet.

BVTA has documented the history of municipal brutality on vendors and informal traders and abhors such acts.

BVTA suggests that the local government should take immediate action to halt this brazen attack on economic rights of vendors and informal traders.

BVTA calls for a full investigation on this allegedly wrongful act.

We applaud citizens, vendors and informal traders for providing such incriminating evidence and call for more videos to be brought forward by vendors that may have been harassed unlawfully and inhumanely so that we expose such obnoxious acts.

Running battles in the streets will leave a trail of destruction of poverty, injuries and worse loss of lives, it is therefore useful to put humanity and justice to play.

Contact details: Fourth floor, Suite 406, Fidelity Life Building Fife street and 11th Avenue Email:bulawayovendors@gmail.com, Phone: +263 713 635 908 Twitter: @bvtatrust, Facebook: Bulawayo Vendors Trust/ Bulawayo Vendors and Traders Association.

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