Up­roar over il­le­gal car deal­ers

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO NEWS - Muzi Zin­c­ume

THE City of uMh­lathuze has vowed to in­ves­ti­gate all il­le­gal trad­ing prac­tises, par­tic­u­larly re­gard­ing unau­tho­rised ‘pave­ment’ car deal­ers.

He was re­act­ing to com­plaints by bona fide deal­er­ships who are un­happy about the il­le­gal buy­ers and sell­ers, oper­at­ing along Em­pan­geni Main Road op­po­site Cen­tral Park shop­ping mall.

The ZO had re­ceived nu­mer­ous con­cerns from lo­cal res­i­dents and work­shops, about peo­ple sell­ing their cars in the open space along the road.

A rep­utable car dealer, who asked not to named said it was un­for­tu­nate that they had to com­pete with peo­ple who were not reg­is­tered.

‘We are in busi­ness and we pay rates and rentals, and we feel that the city is let­ting us down by al­low­ing these peo­ple to use mu­nic­i­pal prop­erty for free.

‘It ap­pears as if this il­le­gal busi­ness op­er­a­tion is ex­pand­ing, as some of these peo­ple are now fill­ing car air­con gas at the same spots, while oth­ers are per­form­ing in­te­rior car clean­ing,’ he said.

The City’s Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Man­ager, Mdu Ncalane, said some of their by-laws are un­der re­view.

‘We are cur­rently in­ves­ti­gat­ing our by-laws against il­le­gal trad­ing and ad­ver­tis­ing to see if these by­laws ap­ply di­rectly to these chal­lenges.

‘Once we fi­nalised our in­ves­ti­ga­tion, we will di­rectly deal with all those who are break­ing the laws,’ he said.

Muzi Zin­c­ume

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