Check all CDs and DVDs as pirates hit music stores

Itumeleng Motuba

Itumeleng Motuba

It seems as if Operation Dudula should not only deal with street vendors who sell pirated merchandise, they should look into stores as well.

Two customers went to Reliable Music Warehouse outlets in Johannesburg where one bought a DVD and the other a CD. Both had tracks missing.

Sipho Mthembu, a senior sports writer at Sowetan, was very disappointed when he discovered there were tracks missing on his new DVD this week.

"I went to buy a Phil Collins DVD and to my surprise it was missing the last three tracks," he said.

"I went back to the shop and got refunded for it."

Recently Lehutso Morena, who bought a Jill Scott CD, also found several tracks were missing.

Mahommad Kazee, Reliable's operations manager, said he was not aware of any of these claims because they had not received any complaints.

"We get our product directly from the record companies and we need to get information on which CD or DVD it is so that we can confront those record labels," Kazee said.

This month when Shai Butana of Tembisa bought a Barry White CD at Shoprite, he found part of the classic You Make My Life Easy Livin' was sung in Shona. He took it back and was refunded.