50 Businesses shut down, 20 foreigners arrested during Durban raids

50 Businesses shut down, 20 foreigners arrested during Durban raids

- Over 50 businesses operating by foreign nationals have been shut down in Durban

- The offences included selling expired goods and operating without a licence

- Over 20 undocumented foreigners were also arrested during the operation

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Over 50 businesses operated by foreigners have been shut down in Durban after the central business district was raided.

Businesses were closed for selling expired products and operating without licences, with more than 20 undocumented foreigners arrested.

The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development, the Labour Department, home affairs' immigration unit and law-enforcement officials engaged in the joint operation on Wednesday.

The Department of Economic Development commented on more disturbing finds during the raid.

“What is more concerning is that during this operation, inspectors found illegal banking of money in Victoria Street. In addition, it is disturbing that undocumented foreign nationals have been operating freely and flouting lockdown regulations."

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The department indicated that it had received countless tipoffs since the beginning of the Covid-19 lockdown, prompting a number of raids across the city.

The department has decided to intensify operations over the course of the next two days to clampdown.

“We have made a decision that over the next two days law-enforcement agencies will intensify intelligence-driven operations. We want to protect our economy and innocent consumers who are consuming expired goods and buying counterfeit goods."

Briefly.co.za reported that the Department of Labour is currently exploring quota systems to limit the number of foreigners South African businesses in certain sectors are allowed to employ in a bid to curb unemployment.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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