Capricorn District Municipality launched a joint operation against unlicensed shops and those that sell foodstuffs that have past sell-by and use-by dates. The operation targeted shops operating within Polokwane, Seshego and Mankweng areas. The operation took place on 06 September 2018.
“As Capricorn District Municipality municipal health is part of our mandate and this operation should not be construed as an attack on anyone. The health of our people is of outmost importance and we expect our shops to be in compliant with relevant regulations “, said the Executive Mayor Cllr John Mpe.
The operation has been done in conjunction with South African Police Service (SAPS) and Department of Home Affairs. Shops that were found to be operating without a licence or where a shop owner or worker was not documented, SAPS and Home Affairs officials made arrests for contravention of Immigration Act and took further steps such as issuing of fines in other cases. Food items which were found to be expired, were removed and disposed of as waste.
Operation against unlicensed shops & expired stuff went smoothly in Polokwane – free of looting nor violence. Expired goods thrown to waste, fines issued for non-compliance and arrests made for being in the Republic illegally. “Health of consumers remains our concern. We will continue to embark on these kind of operations throughout the district”, said Executive Mayor.