City of Cape Town on a mission to shut down illegal bucket shops

The City of Cape Town is now on a mission to try and shut down illegal scrap dealers in order to clamp down on metal theft.

However, MAYCO member for Safety and Security JP Smith says it is not in their legal mandate to do that but falls under the South African Police Service (SAPS) mandate.

We don’t have the powers to enforce the second hand goods sector … that remains the sole domain of SAPS.

JP Smith, MAYCO member for Safety and Security

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The City argues that these bucket shops (unregistered scrap dealers) are not legally constituted.

They are operating areas where they are not permitted and they are not operating in terms of the Second Hand Goods Act.

The city says they usually encourage Saps to accompany them when they do inspections but “Its only SAPS which can enforce compliance of the second hand goods act.

This is a crime prevention matter and it’s not our core business but like with many issues of non-delivery we have tried to step in the bridge

JP Smith, MAYCO member for Safety and Security

Smith says they are hoping that the Minister of Police Nkosinathi Nhleko will amend the powers.


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