‘O Kae Mo­lao’ cam­paign kicks in

Inner City Gazette - - News - By Staff Re­porter news@in­ner-city-gazette.co.za

To com­bat the sell­ing of il­le­gal and fake goods, the Gaut­eng Provin­cial Gov­ern­ment will from 18 Septem­ber 2018 em­bark on unan­nounced vis­its to a num­ber of spaza shops across the province. “We will be kick-start­ing our ‘O Kae Mo­lao’ [where is the law] cam­paign to wipe out the sell­ing of il­le­gal and fake goods or prod­ucts in all spaza shops across the province. We will be em­bark­ing on unan­nounced vis­its to a num­ber of spaza across the length and breadth of the province,” said the spokesper­son for the MEC of Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment, Cas­tro Ngob­ese.

The spot checks fol­low a spate of at­tacks and loot­ing of busi­nesses owned by for­eign na­tion­als in Soweto and else­where in the province in Au­gust.

“A num­ber of shops owned by for­eign na­tion­als were tar­geted and looted by some un­ruly el­e­ments in some parts of Soweto and in other ar­eas. This saw a num­ber of our peo­ple tak­ing the law into their own hands.

“These goods and prod­ucts will no longer have space or mar­ket in our town­ships. We are putting a stop from now on­wards, work­ing closely with all rel­e­vant en­force­ment agen­cies and en­ti­ties tasked with the re­spon­si­bil­ity to vet or mon­i­tor such goods,” said Ngob­ese.

A team from the provin­cial gov­ern­ment has al­ready been dis­patched to mon­i­tor and in­ter­vene where nec­es­sary.

MEAN­WHILE; The City of Joburg’s En­vi­ron­men­tal Health Prac­ti­tion­ers are work­ing around the clock to raid for­mal and in­for­mal food out­lets fol­low­ing complaints from the public about the sale of ex­pired food items.

Through op­er­a­tion BuyaM­thetho - a team com­pris­ing of JMPD, En­vi­ron­men­tal Health Prac­ti­tion­ers and of­fi­cials from other de­part­ments deal­ing with by­law en­force­ment, the City has been con­duct­ing raids in food out­lets as part of its man­date to safe­guard the health of res­i­dents.

MMC Pha­latse said it was im­por­tant to al­low law en­force­ment agen­cies to con­duct the raids so as to not com­pro­mise the rights of law­ful traders. How­ever, the City does rec­og­nize the role of civil so­ci­ety in blow­ing the whis­tle on those traders who are sell­ing ex­pired goods.

She said she un­der­stood the frus­tra­tion from com­mu­ni­ties, who bear the brunt of un­scrupu­lous traders, but calls for calm, fol­low­ing an out­break of vi­o­lence in some parts of the City re­lated to trad­ing in ex­pired food items.

“We will be em­bark­ing on a City-wide aware­ness cam­paign to sen­si­tize res­i­dents on what steps to take when con­fronted with stale food in gro­cery out­lets.

“The fa­tal­i­ties in Soweto are ev­i­dence of what can hap­pen when com­mu­ni­ties take the law into their own hands. I would like to urge res­i­dents to please work through of­fi­cial chan­nels to ex­pose these of­fend­ers,” said Pha­latse.

Pha­latse called on all stake­hold­ers in­clud­ing Cus­toms, Rev­enue Ser­vices and the Con­sumer Coun­cil to as­sist in clamp­ing down these il­le­gal op­er­a­tions.

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