So serious did Famous Brand Management and Steers take the threat to public health that they not only cancelled the franchise agreement, but also obtained an interdict to stop the business from being associated with Steers.
North Gauteng High Court Judge Ephraim Makgoba interdicted Armada Trading, which operated the Steers franchise in Burnette Street in Hatfield for more than a decade, from carrying on business under the name Steers or passing off the business as a Steers franchise.
Armada was also interdicted from using the licensed Steers recipes, menus, trade secrets, logos, business system or trademarks and from in any way associating itself with the Steers franchise.
Famous Brands operational manager Gillian Collins said in court papers the situation had become so bad at the outlet that it received a zero evaluation in May. Photos taken at the outlet showed it operated in extremely unsanitary circumstances.