- A woman has landed in trouble with the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC)
- She replied to someone telling her to stay at home, asking if the person wanted to see her essential services certificate
- The CIPC intervened and said that legal action would be taken as prepared food is not an essential service
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A woman who goes by the handle CookingwithLuyanda caused a stir on social media when she posted a picture of some food that she was going to deliver. Another user, LilRacing_, took exception to this and said that she should stay at home.
Briefly.co.za learned that CookingwithLuyanda then asked if the person wanted to see her essential services certificate. Apparently the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) is watching people on social media. They replied to the exchange with this:
"Prepared food is not an essential service. Delivery is also only allowed for essential products and services.
"We will be revoking your application. All revoked applications are handed over to @the_dti to proceed with legal action."
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Twitter was shocked that the CIPC just randomly appeared and threatened legal action. Social media users were worried that what they said on Twitter could be used against them.
@BeliciousMuse: "Can this kind of tweet be used as evidence in a legal case? Moghel could have been 'jocking'."
@_phophoh: "Yhuuu Twitter is cold these days."
Other users questioned what the CIPC meant by prepared foods:
@organ_maphanga: "Almost all supermarkets do the very same thing. I am asking myself how are they allowed?"
@WaMalome: "@theCIPC I bought full prepared chicken at @WOOLWORTHS_SA yesterday at Cradlestone Mall, is that allowed?"
@CookingwithLuyanda did offer an apology to @LilRacing_.
Another interaction on social media landed another person in trouble. @Kulanicool posted an exchange online. A person, @Intemnandi, made a comment about Sophie Ndaba's teeth and was quick to apologise.
She had "Dental Technician' as her job in her bio and that was used to report her.
Users were also worried about what was said online and that Twitter was changing.
@NyolsG: "Twitter is now only going to be filled with an army of fake people that are too afraid to speak their minds. The common people need a new outlet."
@kulanicool: "Imagine, they don't report your account these days, they report your hustle."
@Sakhile_Zungu: "Lmao a little harmless banter and people are being reported,SA Twitter is sensitive!"
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