South Africa

Street vendors assault cop

Doornfontein – Last Thursday two vendors who were selling their goods to children outside a school in Doornfontein were arrested after they assaulted a JMPD officer, the Johannesburg metro police department said on Friday.

  Metro police Chief David Tembe said the officers had received a complaint from a school where the women were selling outside its premises.

  “When the ladies were confronted by the officers, they swore, and even assaulted our officer; and they were immediately arrested,” he said.

  Tembe said the two women were charged with crimen injuria, assaulting an officer and contravention of street trading bylaws.

  Their arrest came on the same day when over 170 pupils from Nomini Primary School in Orange Farm had to be taken for medical treatment after falling ill, allegedly after eating sweets they bought from a vendor.

  The Gauteng health department said the children were sent to hospitals after complaining of stomach cramps and vomiting.

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