Earlier today MEC Ravi Pillay together with the mayor of uMhlathuze, Cllr Mdu Mhlongo led business inspections at Esikhaleni Township. Three supermarkets and a hardware store were inspected. Two of those businesses had to be closed down due to serious concerns over health and safety.
Compliance notices were also issued to all four businesses for transgressions including the sale of prohibited skin lightening creams and selling expired food items. Owners and employees in some of the shops also failed to produce documentation to prove they were in the country legally.
R48 000 worth of prohibited skin lightening creams were seized by officials during the operation. These creams contain harmful substances and may cause skin cancer. Expired food items worth a R18 000 were seized. They include concentrated juices, chips, biscuits and packets of instant maize meal porridge.
Speaking after the inspections MEC Pillay said enforcement will continue on a daily basis. “In this area here we have seen the issue of goods not being labelled properly and also the goods that have expired being sold. We cannot play with the health and safety of our people. We want to boost the township and rural economy but we want people to comply with the laws of our country. There has to be consequence management whether in the form of fines or deportation”.