Mathew Masinge, H-Metro Reporter
A brick moulder plying his business along 2nd Street in Parktown had his business destroyed yesterday during the ongoing council road servitude clean up.
The illegal business is among the targeted businesses up fordemolition in a joint operation by Council and the Zimbabwe Republic Police in Harare Metropolitan province.
However, the affected businessman identified as Boss Tanya challenged the clamp down team claiming that he was licensed and his stand was on council’s radar.
“This is a residential stand and I am currently conducting a brick moulding business and servicing a nearby construction site here in Parktown.
“They have just destroyed my cabin and some of my bricks without asking whether I have the papers or not; this is bad and how will I get repaid?
“I didn’t have the papers with me but I have a case against them,” said Boss Tanya.
The businessman was later schooled that he had turned a residential stand into a commercial stand and was operating his business along a road servitude.
Yesterday’s exercise targeted stalls at Zindoga, Parktown and Coca-Cola where illegal structures were destroyed.
Tyre mending businesses operating along roads in Parktown were also swept off with machines and tyres being confiscated.
The Municipal police have put a team recording all the goods being taken and the affected have been advised to produce lease agreements in exchange for the goods.
Popular food outlets and braai spaces at Zindoga were also targeted during the blitz with a few skirmishes between municipal police and vendors being recorded at the shopping centre.
The exercise, which kicked off Monday, has seen hundreds of shacks at Mbudzi roundabout, Coca-cola, Ruwa and Chitungwiza being destroyed.