It has been a widely accepted situation both politically and economically that within our country there is a dual economic system wherefore there is the Informal Economy and th Formal. Likewise the legal system has the customary law and the general law.
In Zimbabwe, the Economic Structural Adjustment Programme of the 1990's led to the growth of the Informal Economy. This is because liberalization of the economy took place and led to subsequent de-regulation of the labour market thereby exposing local industries to increased competition from foreign products.
The informal economy has been a permanent feature of the sub Saharan Africa. Concerted debate has been triggered by the incessant existance of this feature in our economy . The historical context of the informal economy is drawn from neo-liberalism in which colonialism was deeply rooted.