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Media locked in fridge during lobster raid

2012-07-06 14:46

Johannesburg - About 50kg of undersized rock lobster have been seized at the Food Lover's Market in Sandton, the agriculture, forestry, and fisheries department said on Friday.

Spokesperson Steve Galane said a raid at the market found that some of the lobsters being sold for R50 each at the store were under the legal size of 7.5cm.

The department would file a criminal charge against the store on Friday afternoon after the inspection was completed, he said.

The raid saw some drama at the store where invited journalists had joined the fisheries officials.

Photographers and journalists were locked in a cold room by store management for taking photographs of the rock lobster.

Store manager Ben Reuben apparently tried to grab a photographer's camera and a short scuffle ensued.

Photographers refused to delete their footage and were released when police arrived at the scene.
Members of the media were invited to the raid by the department.

Sapa camerawoman Khatija Nxedlana tweeted that she was being held inside a "meat" fridge until she deleted her footage.

"Held by manager in the 'meat' fridge until pictures taken are deleted. Journos refuse - its freezing in hear ?#DAFF? [sic]", she wrote.

Sapa reporter Sandy Moeketsi said she was chased out of the shop.

The store refused to comment on the findings made by the department.

Comments
  • lydonmcg - 2012-07-06 14:52

    Epic PR fail.

  • penny.meyer.35 - 2012-07-06 14:56

    Disgraceful!! Politicians ignore the rule of law, now buisness men flout the law and prevent journalists from reporting. All of this disrespect filters from the top down.

  • pete.bower.982 - 2012-07-06 14:56

    R50 for a 7,5cm lobster???!!! Eish!

  • hallo.daar.56 - 2012-07-06 15:00

    Where journos belong.

      Megan - 2012-07-06 15:36

      Especially one who doesn't know the difference between "hear" and "here"...

      jowza1 - 2012-07-06 16:04

      they can noe give us the cold hard facts

  • anton.cameron.muller - 2012-07-06 15:03

    Great News...

      anton.cameron.muller - 2012-07-06 15:05

      Should Elaborate (7.5cm from spike between eyes to back of carapace). By humiliating the retailer one can hopefully reduce/prevent the trade in juvenile Crayfish.

  • millionwatts1 - 2012-07-06 15:04

    A rival must have sent the journos there. Should have turned the temperature further down.

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-07-06 15:11

    What???? Sounds like a Mafia outfit.

  • eyesears.handsfeet - 2012-07-06 15:20

    Let's not start on all the so-called tinned abelone being exported. Many questions to the "top" there as well.

  • Homith - 2012-07-06 15:22

    Fruit and Veg City are guilty of exploiting our ocean resources !This is not their 1st infringement and I hope that they are held accountable !!!

  • nicola.darkin - 2012-07-06 15:24

    Was it the journo's tweet that had the spelling mistake in...?

      SarcasticAgnostic - 2012-07-06 19:06

      give the guy a break. He was in the cold room.

  • carol.harvey.9406 - 2012-07-06 15:29

    Mmmmm ... wonder about Food Lover's Market now ... never been there .... should I, shouldn't I ... nah, think not !!

  • pamela.opperman.7 - 2012-07-06 15:30

    HOW DISTRESSING TO SEE THAT WHITIES WHO ARE SUPPOSED TO ADHERE TO THE RULES ABOUT FISHING HAVE FALLEN PREY TO THE CROOKS.THANK GOODNESS FOR OUR MEDIA- MUST HAVE BEEN AWFUL BEING LOCKED UP IN A FRIDGE.

      anton.cameron.muller - 2012-07-06 15:41

      The public don't know what the min size is. Dealers have an obligation to know. But while we are making it about race, the shellfish didnt win this one......

  • bradley.kecskes - 2012-07-06 15:41

    Im trying to come up with a joke for this one...media+fridge+cold+sandton+lobster but man it eludes me...mmmm

  • pierre.dupreez.58 - 2012-07-06 15:44

    Eish Food Lover's Market.... neva again!!!

  • rhouda.cajee.7 - 2012-07-06 15:47

    boycot fruit lovers market in sandton the idiot manager should know, trying to stop the press from reporting the facts is a big no no. i will certainly not put my feet through those doors in support of the journalists

  • joanne.watters.52 - 2012-07-06 15:49

    Now even you guys are messing with the media. who do you think you are. And utterly uncontrite too. i am gong back to woolies.

  • kutele - 2012-07-06 15:52

    Since when is the Government friends of Journalists? Remember the ANC Government is a course to shut them up!?! This was a ploy to embarrass the Food Lovers Market - and people getting used to do that.

  • Diran - 2012-07-06 16:35

    Love your comment @ 031beefcake LOL

  • denton.inghambrown - 2012-07-06 16:53

    http://www.facebook.com/fruitandvegcity#!/StopFruitAndVegCityFromPlunderingOurSeas

  • denton.inghambrown - 2012-07-06 16:53

    http://www.facebook.com/fruitandvegcity#!/StopFruitAndVegCityFromPlunderingOurSeas

  • rob.tubbs.39 - 2012-07-06 18:20

    Ans this WAS, one of my favourite food shops. I spend thousands there every month. I hope that the 'chain' will be further investigated and where necessary, prosecuted... Greed is a terrible thing... Who are the major share-holders in this 'group' - makes you think...

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