INVASION OF THE HAWKERS
Mall owners say the hawkers display their wares outside their shops, blocking the entrance and exit of their shops. Hawkers on the other hand say it is unfair to blame them for invading the streets and interfering with business, as all available public land has been grabbed. They said 90 per cent of them come from Eastleigh and it would be wrong to insinuate they have stormed the area. In August, business in Eastleigh was brought to a standstill after more than 40 malls were closed, following a protest by proprietors against the hawkers’ invasion.