Buffalo City Metro is currently embarking on compliance and enforcement operations to seize illegal Pesticides and insecticides.

The first operation was implemented at the Acardia Mall yesterday. This follows an intelligence tip that large products have been smuggled into the country Illegally and sold in large quantities.

Speaking about the operation, BCM Acting General Manager for Municipal Health Services Luyanda Madikizela said, "These products are sold illegally as the premises in question is also not registered for trade with Department of Agriculcure, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD)."

"Our inspection follows an operation that was coordinated by SAPS last Wednesday as part of Interpol International week to which the Metro also participated," said Madikizela.

"Large quantities of pesticides and insenticides were detained and verified by DALRRD and were found illegal."

"This is why the Municipal Health Services officials are accompanied by Law Enforcement agencies to seize all illegal products and these will be disposed off through the services of a registered hazadous waste collector."

"The total value of  products that were seized is R8 983.00."

"Other premises within Buffalo City that are known to be selling the same pesticides and insecticide’s products will also be visited to ensure the safety of communitities," he added.

“We are going to visit many other premises. Our intention to remove all these illegal Pesticides & Insecticides products from all Retailers within the Metro. These will include small traders such as Spaza Shops.”