The Metro's Municipal Health Services Department together with the Buffalo City Metro's Law Enforcement Services, Eastern Cape department of Economic Development and Agencies (Business Licensing), South African Police Services (SAPS), Department of Home Affairs, South African Revenue Services (SARS) and the BCM Fire Services, Solid Waste and Disaster Management departments continue with the 16-week long Spaza Comply joint raid operation.

This week's edition of the operation started at Nompumelelo on Thursday 18 April 2024 where some Spaza Shops were closed due to non-compliance with the environmental health regulations.

The Home Affairs Immigration Services assisted with apprehending undocumented immigrants.

Speaking about the raid, Acting General Manager for Municipal Health Services Luyanda Madikizela said: “ This is a service delivery metrics that started in February. Alreadry from February until to date we have raided 131 Spaza Shops, 121 one of which have been closed".

"The value of food products that have been confiscated have a value of over R90 000. Pesticides range around R30 000," said Madikizela.

In closing, Madikizela said "after this metrics, we will seat down around June to design another plan taking into consideration the positive and negatives we picked up from February until May."

During the operation goods that were confiscated include, unpasteurised amasi, sachets of Beny spices, unlabeled packet of chips and popcorn, dented and unlabeled canned food, unlabelled juices and illegal pesticides.

The Metro has also taken upon itself to escalate consequences to the level of arresting and criminally prosecuting those behind the selling of illegal goods.

This week's leg of the operation will continue on Friday, 19 April 2024.