Responding to Mafanya, the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission tweeted: "Prepared food is not an essential service. Delivery is also only allowed for essential products and services."We will be revokeing your application. All revoked applications are handed over to @the_dti to proceed with legal action," read the tweet.
A senior official from the department of trade and industry, who preferred to remain anonymous as Cogta was the only department mandated to speak on the matter, backed Mtshali's view, adding that the police have been responsible for closing down businesses that sell non-essential products and they should channel the same energy on major retail outlets.
Woolworths spokesperson Silindile Gumede said they were operating within the ambit of the law by selling cooked food.
“During the lockdown, we are only allowed to sell ‘essential goods’. ‘Essential goods’ include all food products,” said Gumede.
King Pie's Andre Els said: "Due to the fact that no King Pie stores are allowed to trade during the lockdown period will result in substantial losses to all our franchise owners."
Chicken Licken's Chantal Sombonos said: "All Chicken Licken stores are closed as per our government’s regulations pertaining to the lockdown. If government decides to relax some of its regulations we at Chicken Licken will be ready to trade to the public under the government's new regulations."
Pick n Pay and the Shoprite group had not responded to questions from Sowetan at the time of publication.