Callers debate Mashaba arresting a man wheeling cow heads in Joburg CBD

The Mayor of the City of Joburg, Herman Mashaba has been criticised for being insensitive to people trying to make a living in Joburg CBD.

Mashaba tweeted about how he called law enforcement on someone who was pushing a trolly full of cow heads (skopo) in the city centre.

He said that this was an "illegal act".

But tweeps accused Mashaba of being "an enemy of progress" citing how this is a norm for most street vendors who sell street food and that no one has ever gotten sick from eating the food.

702/CapeTalk listeners also weighed in on the matter with conflicting views, others saying that Mashaba was a hero and others saying he could've guided this man to better ways of doing business.

I think Herman Mashaba was spot on because nobody knows where the cow heads came from, whether it was from a rotting carcass somewhere. If people ate that and got sick they would've accused the City...

Candice, caller

If we remove these people from the CBD to the outskirts, who will go to the outskirts for a packet of tomatoes? The bylaws are put by people but they must address the issues that are affecting people on the ground.

Moshere, caller

Fifty cows were struck by a lightning last week in Kagiso and those could be from those cows and contaminated. I think we need to look after our health first but the issue is a little bit complicated.

Lucky, Caller

Entrepreneur Vusi Thembekwayo called in to say that Herman Mashaba has missed a political opportunity to help someone who is operating on the margins of the law.

He says Mashaba has also admitted to operating on the margins of the law when he first started his business years ago.

For me, people who focus on the law have missed a point, this is a social disconnect issue, it is a socio-economic issue.

Vusi Thembekwayo, Business mogul

To hear the rest of the conversations, listen below:


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