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COVID-19: Durban butchery owner arrested for allegedly inflating prices

KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs Nomusa Dube-Ncube said the suspect had admitted to inflating prices.

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DURBAN - The owner of a Durban butchery has been arrested after he was allegedly found to be using the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak to sell much-needed food and products at inflated prices.

KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs Nomusa Dube-Ncube said the suspect had admitted to inflating prices.

Dube-Ncube said if the owner was found guilty he would be liable to pay up to a R1 million fine or up to 10% of his business’s annual turnover. In addition, there was also a possibility of imprisonment of up to one year.

The Phoenix-based butchery owner was arrested on Wednesday. Since then, officials have looked into allegations of price-hiking by other major outlets.

Dube-Ncube said the National Consumer Commission and the Competition Commission were investigating.