Man who issued ‘expired food’ to SANDF during lockdown arrested

A South African National Defence Force (SANDF) patrol is seen in Eldorado Park on March 30, 2020. - South Africa came under a nationwide lockdown on March 27, 2020, joining other African countries imposing strict curfews and shutdowns in an attempt to halt the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus across the continent. (Photo by MARCO LONGARI / AFP)
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A 59-year-elderly person from Johannesburg showed up in the Pretoria Specialized Commercial Crimes Court on Monday for purportedly giving terminated food items to South African National Defense Force (SANDF) individuals sent for Covid-19 lockdown obligations.

Stephen Wallace Weir was accused of extortion, burglary, imitation and articulating and repudiation of the Food, Cosmetics and Disinfectants Act.

He was conceded a R50,000 abandon Monday while his case was delayed till 25 November for a temporary preliminary date.

His organization, SERAC MRE (Pty) Ltd was granted the delicate to gracefully food watch proportion packs during the lockdown to the SANDF yet rather, he supposedly gave lapsed food packs to them.

This was finished by setting stickers over the first expiry dates.

Public Prosecuting Authority (NPA) representative, Lumka Mahanjana described in an announcement on Monday:

“SERAC MRE (Pty) Ltd needed to flexibly prepared to-eat food packs that agreed to the National Regulator for Compulsory Specification Act that incorporates advancing general wellbeing and security, natural insurance and guaranteeing reasonable exchange,

“The organization purportedly produced the dates in the cases containing pre-bundled food proportions by changing the naming best before dates.”

“It secured the first expiry dates by setting stickers over them with another date giving a deceptive or potentially bogus depiction.”

Following police examination, Weir was captured on Monday.

“This was ensuing to video clasps of SANDF individuals that surfaced during the lockdown indicating the disparity of the dates,” Mahanjana said.

His legal dispute was deferred to November 25 for a temporary preliminary date to be heard.

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