PRESS STATEMENT: Consumer Commission launches investigation into Woolworths over Israeli labels
29 October 2015
South Africa's National Consumer Commission (NCC) has launched an investigation into Woolworths over allegations of false Israeli labelling.
See attached for an NCC investigation memorandum approved and recommended by National Consumer Comissioner Mr Ebrahim Mohamed and Deputy NCC Comissioner Ms Thezi Mabuza.
The human rights and Palestine solidarity organization BDS South Africa together with other #BoycottWoolworths activists intend on raising these practices of false-labelling of Israeli products, amongst other issues, at the upcoming Woolworths AGM on the 30th of November.
In August 2014 a call for the complete boycott of Woolworths until it ends its Israeli trade links was made by BDS South Africa, COSATU, ANC Youth League, MJC, SACP, YCL and various others including the National Coalition 4 Palestine (a coalition consisting of more than 30 organizations, trade unions and other groups). Last year, a survey of over 3000 people found that found that Woolworths was losing close to R8 million a month due to the #BoycottWoolworths campaign. The #BoycottWoolworths campaign is inspired by the anti-apartheid boycott movement of the 1980s against companies that traded with Apartheid South Africa and forms part of the larger international non-violent boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel movement.
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