Durban firm hit with R25,000 fantastic after locking up employees and forcing them to make masks


A manufacturing unit in Durban the place workers had been locked in and compelled to make surgical masks has been slapped with a R25,000 fantastic. 

The Chen Lu Perfume Firm appeared within the Durban Justice of the Peace’s court docket on Thursday and pleaded responsible to numerous costs regarding forcing workers to work in the course of the  lockdown.

The corporate, represented by one in every of its members, Ming Lai He, pleaded responsible to compelled labour, failure to keep up an setting that’s protected with out danger to the well being of workers and failure to have a licence to fabricate, import or act as a wholesaler or distributor of medical gadgets.

In line with the Nationwide Prosecuting Authority (NPA), the corporate had manufactured surgical masks – a considerable donation of which went to the workplace of the premier and the SA Police Service – in the course of the lockdown. 

The NPA stated the profitable prosecution below depend three (failure to have a licence to fabricate, import or act as a wholesaler or distributor of medical gadgets) is believed to be a primary within the nation.