South Africa Customs Officials Shut Down Fake Food Shops

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Applause should be given to the South African customs officials to arresting 27 people following an anti-counterfeit raid in Gauteng’s East Rand. An operation led by Ekurhuleni Mayor Mzwandile Masina and included Home Affairs, the South African Police Service, and City of Ekurhuleni officials.

The raid operation yielded great result as counterfeit items were seized during the raids including fake cigarettes, unlabeled frozen mixed vegetables, meat packages. The items have no sell-by date which can be harmful to the citizen.

During the raid, a total of 27 undocumented migrants were arrested alongside five shop-owners who were detained for contravening the immigration act by employing these migrants.

After the raid, three eight-tonne trucks were filled with confiscated material from the 13 shops inspected to be destroyed by group.

In reaction, the operation leader Mzwandile Masina stated that “We are not here to perpetuate wrong things. We attended shops owned by both South Africans and non-South African citizens. We are not here to victimise foreign nationals but we will not tolerate individuals who are not prepared to adhere to the laws of the country.”

He added that the operation should be a sustainable programme inorder to combat totally this menace.

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