Limpopo-based businessmen fined R500,000 for operating unlicensed gas cylinder business

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Two businessmen from Limpopo, Tahir Hassan and Javed Khan, have been fined R500,000 by the Mokopane Regional Court for operating a gas cylinder business without a licence. The duo was found guilty after being arrested during a multi-disciplinary sting operation comprising the Hawks' serious organised crime investigation, Mokopane bomb disposal, local criminal record centre, department of home affairs, department of mineral resources and energy, department of environmental affairs, Mogalakwena fire and rescue, and Royal Square. The plant, located in Mahwereng outside Mokopane, was found to be refilling and selling gas cylinders bearing different brands without authorization. The accused were also found to have committed fraud.

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The court sentenced Hassan and Khan to R250,000 or six months in prison, with half the term suspended for five years, for developing a site without the requisite license. They were also each sentenced to R250,000 or sixty-month imprisonment, half of which is suspended for five years, for retailing in prescribed petroleum products without an application for a retail license. Additionally, the accused were sentenced to R10,000, or two years imprisonment wholly suspended for five years, on condition that they are not found guilty on similar charges during the period of suspension. Major General Gopz Govender, the provincial head of the Hawks, praised the law enforcement team members and prosecutors for their meritorious efforts and warned others conducting similar businesses without a license that their days are numbered.

 

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