OPERATION HLASELA HELD IN LEBOWAKGOMO

The multi-sectoral operation Hlasela, where Capricorn District Municipality partnered with officials from Lepelle-Nkumpi Municipality, District Community Safety Forum, Community Policing Forum, Department of Home Affairs, South African Police Services, Municipal Health Practitioners and Traffic officers, saw illegal immigrants being arrested as well as many shops' expired foodstuff being confiscated to be destroyed.

The operation focused on violation of the road traffic act, possession of stolen property including vehicles, illegal immigrants, stop and search and informal grocery businesses that sell foodstuffs to vulnerable sections of our communities also small shops that operate without licences and those that continue to sell food items despite having past sell-by dates.

Lepelle-Nkumpi, Cllr Mabote Makgati, Portfolio Chairperson for Community Services reiterated that "The health and wellbeing of our people remains of primary concern to us and we are required by the National Health Act to do inspection as part of our environmental health, to ensure food manufactured or sold to consumers is safe and sound for consumption. This is therefore done to complement the daily activities or inspections conducted by Environmental Health Practitioners in different areas and to ensure an impact is made in dealing with the illegal sale of unsound foodstuffs to communities," he said.

In cases where a shop owner or a worker was in the country illegally, Home Affairs immigration officials and SAPS made arrests for contravening the Immigration Act and took the necessary steps.

The operation was deemed successful, with 10 shops investigated, expired goods were found in most shops and 2 illegal foreign nationals were arrested.