STEVE Mashego started a food outlet in his kasi last February.
He erected a container where he sold food, but had to allegedly close shop in August due to a jealous neighbour.
The 40-year-old from D1 in Mamelodi, Tshwane, who had employed five people and a professional chef, said his neighbour became jealous.
“The neighbour has been complaining that my container is devaluing her house, which is on sale. But my container is beautiful and clean. I had to close business because the police told me to take my business away.”
Steve appealed to the municipality to let him operate in the area to keep it clean and safe from illegal dumping and thugs.
Bessy Mogashoa, who is accused of closing Steve’s business, told Daily Sun Steve should not put a container next to her house.
“The container is next to my house and anyone who wants to know more about it should speak to the municipality.”
Steve’s worker, professional chef Kgathatso Phahlane (42) said: “ I want the business to open so we can support our families.”
Supportive neighbour Minnie Mokwena (63) said: “It’s painful to see community members lose their jobs. Our children supported the business. This is our kasi restaurant.”
Another neighbour Brian Taukobong (51) said: “We are disappointed how this business closed.”
Steve’s mum, Molebatsi Mashego (62) said: “We want the container back and the neighbour to stop harassing my child.”
Senior Superintendent Isaac Mahamba said: “The owner of the container must apply for a trading licence as it is required by city by-laws. He might be occupying that land illegally if the land doesn’t belong to him.
“The city has zero tolerance on illegal land occupation and he might be removed.”
– Daily Sun