Big blow to counterfeit goods in Gauteng


A law enforcement operation dealt a heavy blow to the sale of counterfeit goods in Gauteng.

Authorities removed fake merchandise including shoe polish, razor blades, hair extensions and skin lightening creams from the streets.

Fake merchandise worth R14.2 million was confiscated by Gauteng police during an operation at China Multiplex storage facilities in the Johannesburg CBD.

“Follow-up operations saw police search more storage units where police confiscated more goods including clothing and shoes of different sports and luxury brands,” said Gauteng police spokesperson Mathapelo Peters.

No suspects were arrested and investigations continue.

Police also confiscated sanitary towels and counterfeit running shoes with a combined estimated value of R12 million in a storage facility in Sandringham.

This follows an initial operation in Cleveland where police found a Toyota Quantum loaded with sanitary towels estimated at R5 million.

“With these consecutive multi-million rand confiscations, police believe the shift from focusing on illegal traders to focusing on manufacturing and distribution points, is yielding success. At this point, operations have led to the shutting down of manufacturers and points of supply especially in the CBD,” she said.

Provincial police Commissioner Lieutenant General Elias Mawela said operations like these go a long way towards restoring law and order in the province.

“We acknowledge we are not yet where we would like to be, it is important to commend the joint operations by integrated law enforcement agencies in partnership with brand holders that will ultimately see law and order restored,” he said.

Western Cape police and the South African Revenue Service (SARS) confiscated counterfeit goods valued at R1.3 million. The bust was at the Rawsonville weighbridge in the Boland.

According to media reports the goods were in a truck stopped and searched by authorities. Eight hundred pairs of sports shoes and 430 Springbok jerseys were confiscated.

In November last year, customs officials in the same area intercepted suspected counterfeit clothing and shoes valued at approximately R10 million.