Two Step sellers face harsh penalties
The City of Cape Town says vendors selling Two Step will face harsh penalties.
CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town has warned traders selling Two Step, a dangerous pesticide that is used as rat poison, they face harsh penalties if they're caught selling the substance for domestic purposes.
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.
Officials from law enforcement, health and the national Department of Agriculture on Wednesday swooped in on a number of informal traders in the Cape Town CBD.
City officials managed to confiscate dozens of boxes of pesticides, including Two Step.
Residents living in rat infested areas have also been asked not to use the pesticide.
Two Step is an organophosphate, or pesticide.
One of its effects on the body is to slow the heart down until it eventually stops.
It is normally mixed with food and placed on the floor to attract rodents, but in some cases, is mistakenly consumed by toddlers.
Authorities said operations will spread to areas outside of the CBD in the coming weeks.