Herman Mashaba makes his first citizen's arrest - and it's gory
WARNING: This story contains graphic images.
Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba made his first citizen's arrest on Monday after stopping a man pushing a trolley of slaughtered cow heads in the CBD.
Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) chief David Tembe said the man was arrested on the corner of Harrison and Smit Streets. The cow heads were a health hazard.
Our EM @HermanMashaba has just effected a citizens arrest.— AsktheChiefJMPD (@AsktheChiefJMPD) November 12, 2018
Whilst traveling along Harrison& Smit he came across a member of public conveying cow heads in a trolley ¬ covered which is a health hazard.
The suspect is an undocumented person &will subsequently be charged. pic.twitter.com/V69N1j9Ryn
The response was divided on social media, with some criticising Mashaba for harming small businesses.
Herman now you killing small black business they make a living with this tomorrow these people will become criminals and increase the number instead you deal with serious matters hands off to a black child who is trying to better his life am against your decision sorry Mr👋— Tilly (@Tillytiny1) November 12, 2018
Personally iskobo and chillies are a must especially street cooked and some phuthu. This is a decades old industry and I have never been sick and never heard anyone fall sick from it. I don't do KFC though..— Limukani Hadebe (@LHadebe) November 12, 2018
How do u want them to transport it? These pple cook beside the road. Will u offer mobile kitchens ? How is transporting meat like this illegal?— Chah Maguire Gondwe🇲🇼🇿🇦🇬🇧 (@mrschahgondwe) November 12, 2018
Help the man set up a proper business, cant be proud to arrest a black who knows how meat business operates and how it is regulated. He is making ends meet by not robbing anyone. Just help Mayor.— EMZA🇿🇦 (@Essau_EM83) November 12, 2018
Others were worried about the health implications.
Great 2 see @HermanMashaba doing his job, looking out for the wellbeing of the residence thru maintaince of by-laws& standards, equally Great to see @TebogoDitshego understanding the importance of fostering Entrepreneurship at all levels. The Future is bright. Pambili Ma'Afrika— MzwaZizo (@Mzwa_T) November 12, 2018
1. Exceptional decision Mayor. Reading through some tweets, indicates how much disregard & disrespect some people have for city management, hygiene and health priorities, and other fellow citizens. The Rule of Law is primarily about respect for each other’s dignity— DM (@007questbond) November 13, 2018
2. A few months ago, there was a case involving KFC staff washing chickens off the kitchen yard floor - and caused some disgust and outrage regarding the lack of hygiene by @kfc. This is a similar scenario - and must be prohibited and understood as an obscene and criminal act— DM (@007questbond) November 13, 2018
3. Slaughtering livestock in urban streets is tantamount to sabotage of city management and can be interpreted as “health terrorism”, ensuring the spread of disease & bacteria - listeriosis, cholera, botulism etc.— DM (@007questbond) November 13, 2018