Sixteen fines issued to shop owners in Eersterust

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A total of 16 fines were issued last week to Eersterust shop owners for contravening municipal by-laws.

Police spokesperson Sergeant Sam Shibambo said this followed a multi-faceted approach by the police and metro police, together with the department of health, local economic development, CPF and community patrollers; where they visited several businesses during an
operation last Thursday.

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“The purpose of the visit was to check for health and safety compliance and to inspect the goods sold by the spaza shops clustered around Eersterust,” Shibambo said.

“The community of Eersterust raised the alarm about spaza shops that sell expired food, during an imbizo held in September.”

Shibambo said besides the fines that were issued, shopkeepers were also given warnings for selling items without labels, damaged canned food and trading without licences.

Eersterust CPF spokesperson Charles Matthysen said more such operations were in the pipeline.

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“It is time for these illegal shops to be taken seriously and necessary steps to be taken to fight crime in the area,” he said.

“Criminals in Eersterust’s days are numbered.”

Matthysen said these shops were owned by foreign nationals.

“Some shop owners even live inside of their shops,” he said.

While the CPF in Eersterust is only an interim forum, deputy chairperson Derrick Jacobs said it was hard at work to fight crime in the area.

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