Fake goods impounded

Sipho Masombuka

Sipho Masombuka

In a bid to protect consumers from potentially dangerous products, South African Bureau of Standards inspectors yesterday d confiscated goods worth thousands of rands.

All the confiscated goods have been found to be lacking in terms of meeting compulsory specifications and are going to be destroyed.

The products include cigarette lighters, non-pressurised paraffin stoves, plastic bags, respiratory masks, floating aids and jackets, vehicle brake linings, switches and child restraints. They were seized during random inspections at retailers and manufacturers.

The goods do not meet required safety, health and environmental specifications in terms of the Standards Act and therefore are not fit for intended purposes, argues SABS.

SABS Regulatory boss, Moses Moeletsi said safety, health and and environmental regulations would not be compromised in the interest of making huge profits at the expense of consumers.

"I would like to urge all manufacturers to adhere to the required regulations, failing which they may find themselves losing considerable amounts of money," said Moeletsi.

Moeletsi said selected non-biodegradable products like plastic bags will be recycled for possible re-use.

The second batch of products to be destroyed include stoves, refrigerators, television sets, electric kettles and irons.

SABS Chief Executive Officer, Martin Kuskus said he fully supported the regulatory division in their efforts to protect the public.

"Allowing unsafe products in the market not only puts the public at risk and rob them of their hard-earned money, it also opens the market to inferior goods dumped by importers," said Kuscus.