Two Giyani Major food stores allegedly selling expired food won’t be shutdown

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Mopani Spar,  Giyani.  Image supplied.

By Angie Nkuna and Otto Ngoveni

Giyani- Mopani District Municipality (MDM), Executive Mayor, Nkakareng Rakgoale during the raid against expired products in Giyani CBD, found that two Giyani major food stores, Giyani Mopani Spar and Boxer store are having rotten meant and expired products. The meat was packed on a dysfunctional fridge, and some were stashed alongside expired dairy products in another room.

Executive Mayor, was accompanied by the Mopani District Municipality’s Environmental Health Practitioners, SARS officials, SAPS and other sector departments.

Cllr, Rakgoale had a successful operation on Monday after a number of expired groceries/ food were seized.

Rakgoale told the media that, the municipality is not fighting the shops which the expired groceries/ food were found, but the shops should comply with Consumer Protection Act and expired groceries shouldn’t be kept safe or still on shelves.

We will only shutdown the shops if they don’t comply with Consumer Protection Act from today (Monday) henceforth.

“They said to us they keep these expired groceries/ food because they are giving it to a number of None profit organizations around Giyani and we said no, this should come to an end. It puts the lives of our people to a great danger.

We will be visiting the 5 municipalities in Mopani District”,  concludes Rakgoale.

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 was circulated on social media platforms.

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

The operation is targeting all shops owned by both local and foreign nationals.