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JMPD to 'enforce the law' on window washers

Motorists are complaining of window washers hitting their vehicles when they refuse the service.

Window washers generic. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.
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JOHANNESBURG – The Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) says its officers are patrolling all the intersections where window washers operate.

Last year, the department launched ‘Operation Ke Molao’, which resulted in hundreds of window washers being removed from the road and dozens others being arrested.

But since this year began, motorists have been complaining about their return with some claiming their vehicles are hit when they refuse the service.

JMPD spokesperson Edna Mamonyane says officers have been deployed, especially in and around the Sandton area. 

“They’ve been going back and then officers would see them and then they’d run away. But they will start enforcing the law on those window washers.”

But the South African National Traders Retail Alliance (Santra) is against the operation, saying the poor are being denied the opportunity to earn money ‘where the rich live, work and play in significant numbers’.

WATCH: Windscreen washers: Criminals or entrepreneurs?

(Edited by Tamsin Wort)

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