The lowdown on store's non-Halaal cold meats controversy

Nelson Mandela Bay residents who frequent a northern areas supermarket were up in arms this weekend when the store management informed shoppers non-Halaal cold meats would be removed from the premises and stored in the adjacent liquor store instead.

While the store has since reversed its decision, it has already pitted Muslims and Christians against each other, with some even vowing to boycott the shop.

The issue came to light late last week when a notice was placed in the front window of the SuperSPAR in Stanford Road, Gelvandale, apologising to customers for not having certain products available, like processed and cold meat, and meat not adhering to Halaal requirements.

The notice stated that non-Halaal products were removed due to “stricter policies from [their] new New Halaal Certificate Supplier”.

Some of these products, like cold meat, were still available, but were moved to a fridge at the Tops next door.

In Behind The Herald Headlines with Daron Mann this week, we speak to Alain Walljee about what unfolded.