About R6,000 (around US$410) worth of prohibited skin lightening creams were seized in one shop alone.

Member of the Executive Council (MEC) of Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs Ravi Pillay conducted the inspection yesterday, and said he intended to do them consistently and not just every five years.

Pillay and the Mayor of uMhlathuze, Councillor Mdu Mhlongo inspected three supermarkets and a hardware store.

Compliance notices were issued to all four businesses for transgressions including the sale of prohibited skin lightening creams and selling expired food items.

“Skin lightening creams were being sold for R60. Owners and employees in some of the shops also failed to produce documentation to prove they were in the country legally.”

The department said about R6,000 worth of prohibited skin lightening creams were seized by officials in one shop alone.

MEC Pillay said enforcement will continue on a daily basis.

Extracts from an IOL article (original). Published 29 March 2021.