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'Two-Step' traders warned

Cape Town says traders could be fined or lose their trading licence for selling pesticide.

The City of Cape Town warns traders could be fined or lose their licenses for selling the pesticide.

CAPE TOWN - City of Cape Town officials have warned that traders who are found illegally selling 'Two Step' pesticide will be fined or could have their licences revoked.

Eyewitness News this week revealed that traders in Cape Town's CBD were selling the poisonous substance for as little as R5 to residents desperate to rid their homes of rats.

'Two Step' is an agricultural pesticide known as Aldicarb, but has gained popularity amongst some Mother City residents, especially those living in informal settlements.

The poison is mixed with food and then left out for rats to eat, killing them instantly.

Doctors have however expressed concern about the potential dangers to children in particular.

Cape Town's Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, JP Smith says they're working with their Health counterparts to try and prevent the sale of the substance.