A 59-year-old man from Johannesburg appeared within the Pretoria Specialised Business Crimes Court docket on Monday for allegedly issuing expired meals merchandise to South African Nationwide Defence Power (SANDF) members deployed for Covid-19 lockdown duties.
Stephen Wallace Weir was charged with fraud, theft, forgery and uttering and contravention of the Meals, Cosmetics and Disinfectants Act.
He was granted a R50,000 bail on Monday whereas his case was postponed until 25 November for a provisional trial date.
His firm, SERAC MRE (Pty) Ltd was awarded the tender to provide meals patrol ration packs throughout the lockdown to the SANDF however as an alternative, he allegedly supplied expired meals packs to them.
This was performed by putting stickers over the unique expiry dates.
Nationwide Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson, Lumka Mahanjana narrated in an announcement on Monday:
“SERAC MRE (Pty) Ltd needed to provide ready-to-eat meals packs that complied with the Nationwide Regulator for Obligatory Specification Act that features selling public well being and security, environmental safety and guaranteeing truthful commerce,
“The corporate allegedly cast the dates within the containers containing pre-packaged meals rations by altering the labelling greatest earlier than dates.”
“It lined the unique expiry dates by putting stickers over them with a brand new date giving a deceptive and or false description.”
Following police investigation, Weir was arrested on Monday.
“This was subsequent to video clips of SANDF members that surfaced throughout the lockdown exhibiting the discrepancy of the dates,” Mahanjana stated.
His courtroom case was postponed to November 25 for a provisional trial date to be heard.