The Tshwane fruit and vegetable market in Marabastad was closed on Monday due to a joint multi-departmental check on compliance with labor laws and immigration legislation. The operation was led by the Department of Employment and Labour in partnership with the South African Police Service and the Department of Home Affairs’ Immigration Unit.
The department issued a statement saying: “During the joint inspection more than 20 people were arrested for being illegal immigrants, employing illegal immigrants, and employers who obstructed the inspectors from conducting their duties. It is illegal for an employer to interfere with the inspector when on duty.”
The inspection included a visit to the Oriental Retail Complex and nearby businesses where two retail stores were shut down for failure to comply with occupational health and safety regulations.