- The government has told retail stores to stop the sale of hot food immediately
- The lockdown rules state that no prepared food may be sold including frozen food and food baked in store
- Legal experts are requesting clarity on the government's position
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Woolworths, Checkers and Shoprite will have to halt the sale of hot food such as pies, roasted chicken and bread that is baked in the store.
This follows a warning from the government that retailers were not allowed to sell hot food from the beginning of lockdown.
Briefly.co.za learned that the authorities are clamping down on the lockdown rules at the same time as some are being relaxed such as hardware stores selling to plumbers and electricians.
Minister of Trade and Industry Ebrahim Patel informed the media that the government has not changed its position on the sale of food.
“While this has not yet been formally promulgated in the regulations and we are seeking clarity on the way forward, we have taken a decision to close all hot food counters with immediate effect to adhere to the communication by both the Minister for Economic Affairs and the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition,” a spokesperson said.
A Shoprite group spokesperson has said that they would immediately align their stores with government policy on food sales according to Business Insider.
However, Woolworths remains defiant and will continue to sell frozen foods such as lasagne and pizza.
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Some legal experts are questioning the government's stance on the sale of prepared food and requested clarity. Professor Pierre de Vos, a constitutional law scholar at the University of Cape Town asked CIPC to explain its statement.
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported on a social media user who posted their prepared food which was going to be delivered. The user was reported and CIPC threatened to revoke her essential services certificate.
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.
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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