Media release

Government on looting of local business outlets

29 August 2018

Government will not tolerate looting at local business outlets

Government has noted with concern the escalating incidences of unlawful raids in spaza shops conducted by communities in some parts of the country. Government wants to reiterate that such activities are unlawful and criminal in nature.

The Acting GCIS Director-General Phumla Williams said: “Government urges members of communities to refrain from taking the law into their own hands and co-operate with the relevant authorities by reporting or lodging complaints about unsafe goods and products. Relevant Government entities, including municipalities, have embarked on a process of inspecting small businesses, including food outlets and spaza shops. We therefore appeal to members of the public to cooperate by reporting fake or substandard goods.”

Government has a zero tolerance approach to corrupt activities and the selling of fake items falls within corrupt activities and robs the people of their human dignity. Substandard and fake goods, especially consumables, carries potential risks and danger to human health. “We urge the law enforcement agencies to take swift action against establishments that are responsible for manufacturing such goods and products,” added Williams.

Government appeals to communities to allow relevant departments and other state agencies an opportunity to address the ongoing concerns.

Ms Phumla Williams
Acting GCIS Director-General
Cell: 083 501 0139

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