Gauteng Traffic Police condemns non-compliance and lack of cooperation by shop owners

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By Dimakatso Modipa

Some of the illicit cigarettes found hidden in the toilet.
Some of the illicit cigarettes found hidden in the toilet.

The Crime Prevention Wardens together with the South African Police Service (SAPS) have arrested two shop owners in Olievenhoutbosch, Tshwane following compliance checks that were conducted on Sunday, 29 October 2023.

Gauteng Traffic Police Spokesperson Sello Maremane told the Tshwane Talks that the Crime Prevention Wardens conducted the compliance checks at Ward 106, Extension 23 where they found illicit cigarettes and a box of counterfeit Grand-pa headache powder hidden in the toilet.

“The Wardens began counting the illegal goods when one shop keeper called upon other shop owners who then caused a disruption by
attacking the CPW members and damaging the CPW vehicle,” Maremane said.

He said the SAPS members swiftly responded to the situation and arrested two suspects for malicious damage to state property and selling counterfeit cigarettes and pills.

“The Crime Prevention Wardens conduct compliance checks to ensure the safety of consumers.

Non-compliance and lack of cooperation from shop owners will not be tolerated and shop owners who fail to comply will face the full might of the law,” he said.

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