ANC speaks out on Spaza shops selling ‘fake’ expired goods
The ANC has asked community members not to take the law into their own hands.
The ruling African National Congress (ANC) has voiced its concern regarding dodgy Spaza shops that are selling ‘fake’, expired and illicit goods to communities across the country.
Spaza store shoppers, turned amateur sleuths, have been conducting home-based tests on a variety of items purchased from informal suppliers, with the dubious results ending up on video and filtering through to social media.
Community outraged by fake goods
Videos of ever-fresh bread and gasless soft drinks have spread across social media like wildfire, as has the rage felt by community members, who insist their health is being put at risk by unscrupulous vendors, who, by chance, are mostly foreign nationals.
In response to deceitful dealings, disgruntled communities members have taken the law into their own hands, by raiding Spaza shops and disposing of goods which are deemed fake or expired. This informal health inspection has fanned the flames of intolerance and xenophobia, which has now been addressed by the ANC.
The ANC released an official statement on Wednesday, penned by spokesperson Pule Mabe, addressing the issue of untrustworthy shop operators who are risking the lives of community members in an effort to maximise profits.
“Do not take the law into your own hands” – ANC
As reported by The Citizen, the ruling national party maintained that while its main concern is the wellbeing of consumers, it is also dismayed by the recent trend of community vigilantism, saying:
“The health and wellbeing of our people are of primary concern to the ANC. The fact that this is leading to instability and violence is a disturbing development.
Some are beginning to take the law into their own hands and are conducting their own inspection, manhandling suspects and destroying what they find to be expired and allegedly fake food products.
We call on the people not to take the law into their own hands and further encourage them to report such incidences to relevant authorities.”
Mabe went on to explain that local municipalities should be more proactive in identifying and disposing of products which may endanger the health of citizens, saying:
“Chapter 2 of the Consumer Protection Act must be implemented without hesitation as this is an emotive matter, it touches every South African citizen. Municipalities must also undertake public education programmes on health and safety food standards as part of empowering local businesses and communities.”