Yellowbone creams taken off the streets in police operation

The ‘yellowbone operation’ led to eight arrests.

Witbank Station commander Brigadier Delisiwe Motha sent a strong warning three months ago to business owners that sell skin-lightening creams, Witbank News reports.

She said these banned substances would be personally removed from the shelves by her. On Thursday, September 29, she visited the Central Business District (CBD) once again with some police officials from the station.

They patrolled streets such as Arras, Watermeyer and Extension 8 in Klipfontein.
Boxes filled with skin lightening creams confiscated.Boxes filled with skin lightening creams confiscated.
The yellowbone operation saw a total of eight arrests made in eight different shops. The operation started in the morning at 10.30am all the way to 12.40pm.

Suspects found with these products were given a fine of R300, and they were warned that should they repeat the same offence more than three times, they would be sent to jail.

According to section 19 (1) of Medicine and Related Substance Control Act 101 of 1965, selling skin-lightening cream does not comply with prescribed requirements.

As such, lightening-creams with hydroquinone were banned in South Africa in 1992, and on August 16 Ghana followed suit.

Extensive side effects of the products include skin cancer.