Metro police: new task team to deal with street-corner vendors

2011-06-25 00:00

MEMORY sticks lacking the memory, fake phone chargers, and flyers that offer assistance for everything from erectile dysfunction to winning the lottery — these will all be a thing of the past with the inception of a new Durban Metro Police task team.

There have been numerous complaints from disgruntled motorists in the Durban area, who say they had been ripped off by the corner-vendors, and so action is being taken, says Colonel Eugene Msomi of the Metro police.

“The fake items are obviously much cheaper than the originals, and the only guarantee you get is that it will break,” he said.

Voluntary robot garbage men, who appear concerned about the litter issue and urge you to toss your rubbish into black plastic packets for a nominal fee, will also be dealt with.

“Offenders will be charged and issued summons, failure to appear in court will result in a jail sentence,” Colonel Msomi added.

On the issue of beggars and parents who use their children to beg also, Msomi says there will be no exception.

We have a sub-department called Safer Cities, tasked with ensuring the beggars stay away from robots, when minors are involved it’s always more sensitive so experts are at hand to deal with them.

Colonel Msomi urged motorists not to support beggars, since it only adds to the social problem.

“Buying counterfeit goods, however, will certainly land you in hot water with the law,” he said.

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