Vendors and other people working in the informal sector are struggling to make ends meet during the lockdown as the president downgraded the lockdown to level 2 and allowed formal businesses to operate but said the informal sector was to remain closed, Newsday reports.
In a statement legal think tank Veritas said:
The informal worker is particularly the most vulnerable during the current COVID-19 shutdown period. Measures to assist informal workers are essential, and they should be thorough, implementable, practical and relevant to the people
Vendors that spoke to Newsday expressed their vulnerability due to the extended lockdown and said:
I used to operate from the Avenues area in the evenings — targeting workers that will be returning home after a long day of work and the sales were very good. I would make around $350 on a good day after selling about 50 roasted cobs at $7 each. This enabled me to pay rent and buy food as well as send my two children to school – Cosmas Sithole
I am very vulnerable right now together with my family. I do not even know where I will get my next meal because I am grounded – Marko Sibanda
The government promised to extend a cushioning allowance to vendors and informal traders but is yet to disburse the money 6 weeks after the lockdown started.