Supermarket stink gets up customers’ noses

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DISSATISFIED eSikhaleni residents have sent a formal complaint to the National Consumer Commission and other authorities regarding the ‘dreadful unhygienic conditions’ at the township’s Spar supermarket.

Disgruntled residents listed their concerns and submitted them to, among others, the National African Federation Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Nafcoc), Consumer Fair, the Zululand Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ZCCI) and the South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco),

According to customers the store is littered with filth, cat faeces and rotting meat, and shelves are packed with expired products and low grade products.

Community leader Lindani Zikhali told the Zululand Observer that ‘the public want to be treated like humans’.

‘It’s dreadful what we see there every day. It can cause many illnesses among consumers.

‘Cats run around inside the supermarket and the smell of rotten meat is unbearable. Something has to be done.

‘People deserve much better. Just because the store is in a township does not mean they must treat us like animals,’ he said.

Ward 21 Councillor Musa Mbokazi confirmed his office had been flooded with public complaints.

‘I also went to check the situation and I was shocked by what I found.’

uThungulu Sanco Secretary Thembinkosi Mthembu said his department would arrange a meeting with the store’s management.

‘We will try to intervene and ask them to fix these problems, such as their blocked drain system. The consumers have been neglected and it is totally unacceptable,’ Mthembu said.

The Zululand Observer approached the Spar management for a response to these allegations, but after numerous telephone calls and e-mails chose to decline comment.

Wellington Makwakwa

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