Mopani District Municipality fight against distribution of expired food

Mopani District Municipality Mayor,  Cllr Nkakareng Rakgoale. Image supplied. 

By Otto Ngoveni

Giyani- The Mopani District Municipality’s Environmental Health Practitioners, SARS officials, SAPS and other sector departments who were led by the District’s Executive Mayor, Cllr Nkakareng Rakgoale had a successful operation aimed at removing expired foodstuff and other illegal items from shelves in a number of shops in Giyani.

It was found that some shops are allegedly selling expired groceries/food to the Giyani communities.

According to Mopani District Municipality Spokesperson, Witness Tiva, The confiscated stuff will be disposed at an undisclosed location within the district.

The operation follows a public outcry that was sparked by a video of an Indian shop operator who was found selling expired groceries that made rounds on social media platforms.

There is now a national directive that Environmental Health Practitioners must embark on inspection blitzes within their respective municipalities.

Speaking to the media the District’s Executive Mayor, Cllr Rakgoale has indicated that it is important to note that the operation is targeting all shops owned by both local and foreign nationals.

“This is a proactive measure that the district is putting in place as the safety of our people is our priority.” Said Cllr Rakgoale