PRESIDENT Cyril Ramaphosa vowed to end the illegal import of fake clothing from China.
He was speaking at the South African Clothing and Textile Workers Union’s national congress in Durban yesterday.
Ramaphosa said the illegal import of fong kong goods was bad for local industries, and he had tasked Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel with dealing with the problem.
Patel had already met the Chinese ambassador to discuss the issue. Sars had formed a task team to fight the illegal import of goods at ports of entry.
Ramaphosa said government intervention in Edcon saved 140 000 jobs. He had spoken to a bank to bail out the company, which owns Edgars and Jet, with R2,7 billion.
“During our manifesto we said we’d create jobs so we couldn’t allow 140 000 workers to lose jobs. We’re in a campaign to save jobs while trying to create new ones,” he said.
“We’re encouraging people to buy locally manufactured products so we won’t allow countries like China to bring counterfeit goods here.”
Meanwhile, he pleaded with South Africans to stop attacking undocumented migrants so he won’t be booed when visiting neighbouring countries.
He spoke at Robert Mugabe’s funeral in Zimbabwe on Saturday and was booed.
Source: Daily Sun