The sight of mothers and children begging for money on the streets is nothing new for Johannesburg residents.
Some even go the extra length to stand besides traffic robots exposing themselves to danger.
But these mothers on the streets will soon be a thing of the past as they are being removed by the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) and the City of Johannesburg's social development department.
The police claim that the women are contravening city laws and they have no right to beg on the streets.
Amanda Sibanda, a 30-year-old Zimbabwean woman, is a mother of two young girls who has been begging for two years and has no other form of income for food.
She stated that she has struggled to find any job and begging on the streets gives her the only income. She told News24 that she barely makes R30 a day from begging and she lives a rough life.
She sleeps opposite the taxi and now that they are being removed by the police, she has no idea how she will survive.
The City's health and social development spokesperson, Ewan Botha, added that many of the women who were approached the start of the operation on 10 June, were undocumented Zimbabweans.
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