Dis-Chem, in a move expected to cause ructions in the already distressed commercial property sector, has embarked on a rental go-slow, according to shopping centre owners - even though it continues to trade as an essential service during the lockdown.

Owners of some of SA's biggest malls said this week that the JSE-listed company, one of SA's largest pharmaceutical retailers, has in some cases not paid rent to landlords for April, while in others instances it has paid a portion of the rent but not the full amount.

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