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29 arrested in million Rand bust

2011-12-26 16:15

Johannesburg - Twenty nine people have been arrested after pirated goods, including CDs DVDs, clothing and cloned credit cards, worth over a million rand, were seized across Gauteng, police said on Monday.

Lt-Col Lungelo Dlamini said, "A total of 23 526 DVDs and CDs with a street value of more than R1,2 million were confiscated and 29 [people] arrested.

"Machinery and cloned credit cards worth over R160 000 were also seized during the operations."

The operations were conducted by the Hawks in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Germiston and Roodepoort on Friday. In Johannesburg, nineteen people were arrested and more than 15 000 DVDs and CDs were seized. Vendors abandoned 1 500 DVDs in King George and Noord streets when police approached.

The arrests led police to Katlehong where the goods were being produced.

Machinery, including five printers, four DVD writers, three computers and a laptop computer valued at more than R12 000, were seized.

Seven people were arrested in Germiston and Pretoria, where counterfeit clothing, CDs, DVDs and four boxes of contraband cigarettes were seized.

In Roodepoort, three men, reportedly from Nigeria, were arrested and charged with fraud after cloned credit cards worth R150 000 were found in their possession.

Dlamini said the seized DVDs and CDs were to be destroyed, with police continuing operations, especially against manufacturers, into the new year.

Those arrested were expected to appear in various magistrate's courts in Gauteng on Wednesday.

Comments
  • despinazoras - 2011-12-26 16:23

    Well done, SAPS :)

      ubhejane - 2011-12-26 16:49

      Yes Yes Yes. This is what we want to hear! Great work!

      Mike - 2011-12-26 17:57

      Who is the 'thumbs down' clown?

      Alva - 2011-12-26 21:18

      @Mike. Most likely a Nigerian.

      Braam - 2011-12-26 22:39

      Great news but now the party starts..will the cops take the sigs and DVD's for themself's like they USE to do

      Sean - 2011-12-26 23:49

      Once again , well done SAPS :)))

  • Ben - 2011-12-26 16:28

    Now this is what I call good work. They are doing this while other people are on holiday. Thank you. One question: Is there one honest hard-working Nigerian in S.A?

      rossallenronnie - 2011-12-26 16:42

      I KNOW ONE AND HE IS DOING GOOD FOR HIM SELF BEN THE FACT IS THERE IS BAD PEOPLE ALL OVER A CRIMINAL IS A CRIMINAL GOOD JOB TO THE SAPSNOW GO TO KEMPTON PARK IN PRETORIA RD ; CENTRAL AVENUE ; WEST STREET ; AND THE FOLLOWING DRUG INVESTED STREETS NORTHRAND ROAD;MAXWELL STREET; KEMPTON ROAD; LONG STREET;CASUARINA STREET;GREYILLA STREET;KERK STREET TOP SECTION THEN WE IN KEMPTON PARK CAN LIVE SAFELY AGAIN

      John - 2011-12-26 18:42

      Ben, South Africans don't do crime. We all know that. Bold statements like that make "Bapsi" dreadlock drug trafic smugler as South African National hero. Yes Ben, There are many ordinary people from many nations in South Africa that are honest and hard-working. If you can't find Jewish bricklayer and Indian plumber in Deepsloot that doesn't mean that they are criminals as per your short side opinion.

      Yar - 2011-12-26 19:14

      @Ben Simple answer to your simple question. Honest Nigie in SA? Don't really know. Nobody has been able to find one yet.

      Ben - 2011-12-26 20:44

      If you are a criminal you tend to associate and identify with criminals no matter which country they come from. I know many South Africans both males and females that have Nigerian lecturers, doctors engineers, accountants, e.t.c as friends.

      Braam - 2011-12-26 22:42

      rosssssaaaallllleeeeennnnrrrroooonnnnnniiiiissss, look at ur keyboard, yes DOWN do u see the botton on the left that reads CAPS-LOCK ok press it once no no no no no only ONCE...thanks you.......

      Sean - 2011-12-26 23:51

      DEPORT THOSE F@CKERS !

      Ben - 2011-12-27 05:09

      Plse change your name Ben because you cannot reply to me with a different opinion under my name. Call yourself Ben something. Thanks.

  • muhhamedvefa.dag - 2011-12-26 16:40

    Deportation is only solution , tomorrow they will come out with bail and continue crime again.

      Mehluli - 2011-12-26 17:58

      No do not agree,they need to do their time in prison under hard labour before they are deported.

      John - 2011-12-26 18:28

      Just to mention to all xenophobic responders that reading of news needs to be done from top to the bottom. From 29 arested only 3 are mentioned as Nigerians. As non-Nigerian I would like to ask a fellow South Africans how did you asume that all 29 busted in SAPS action (well done SAPS) are only Nigerians? Nigerians are sitting on top of the organised crime...thats undisputable, but lets be a bit more realistic and read news correctly. Is all 29 people busted are foreign citizens?

      Renier - 2011-12-26 18:50

      I am sure that the Nigerians are the Kingpins.

  • Wes - 2011-12-26 17:05

    Just a point I was under the impression that the Hawks (elite crime fighting force) replaced the Scorpions to catch the major criminals who are robbing the country and us tax paying citizens of billions of rands. I wont mention names or point fingers we all know who. Why are they doing what the normal police should be doing on a daily bases 1 mil div 29 = 34,482.76 per person.

      John - 2011-12-26 18:53

      Wes...I hope that "Hawks" will not follow the "Scorpions" aproach of non-paying their bills.Scorpions was owning milions to AVIS for the rental of the famous "black VW Golf 4"....do your maths complete.

  • mkwanams - 2011-12-26 17:05

    our goverment is too lenient when it comes to nigerians,they are all over SA doing all illegal staff.they(government)need to tighten the the belt if they are serious about combating crime.Let the Hawks do their job without fear or favour.

      Mehluli - 2011-12-26 18:02

      Lets not give them the market they need,the reason they are in SA is because they is a market for their illegal deals and we are giving them that market.If we can stand up together and say no we are not going to buy your products they will not stay in SA.

      John - 2011-12-26 19:02

      Agree on mkwanams statement. Just want to remind you that Scorpions went on same aproach in the begining also. Hope they will not be castrated like their predecessors. Fear and Favor is typical words where political interests are served in "Favour" to certain groups only. "Hawks", "Eagles" or "Voltures"...name is non-relevant. Just watch where the "armies" are pointed.....rest will be easy to follow and determine who are their "Generals"...

  • Shoe - 2011-12-26 17:17

    Three men, reportedly from Nigeria...and I'm done trying not to be polite and mindful. I demand statistics of crime committed by Nigerians, comparison to other Nationals, in SA. Now is my time to finally organize a march to pretoria to demand information about the exact amount of suffering SA'cans are being caused by these very troublesome visitors.

      Ben - 2011-12-26 19:26

      Right. If anybody disagrees plse go to Parklands in the Cape. They have been dealing with drugs for the past 11 years, which I know of, openly in the streets and they were there today and will be there tomorrow.

  • Nasneen - 2011-12-26 17:42

    Y dnt they send these foreigners back to their country

      Ben - 2011-12-26 19:47

      I was told that they always give a cut of their profit to {people in power} in the countries where they are dealing.

  • Raivhogo - 2011-12-26 20:05

    thumbs ups for the saps ,,,,,,,in future make it day to day oparations not occasionallyy...good work....

  • Ben - 2011-12-26 20:50

    It is a pity that a lot of guys commenting here tend to only know those Nigerians that are criminals. I hope it is not a case of birds of the same feather flock together because there is hardly any hospital in South Africa that you do not find Nigerian doctors or any university that you do not see Nigerian lecturers.

      Ben - 2011-12-27 05:11

      Plse identify yourself.

      Saksak Motsepe - 2011-12-27 20:51

      Don't you think it would be better for those Nigerian doctors to be in Nigeria helping the sick? But now you are bragging about how Nigeria doctors are helping keep South Africans alive and healthy while your people are dying? Silly

  • Garth - 2011-12-27 06:57

    Yes, yes, well done saps. Now go off like the good policemen/women that you all are and share the spoils. I would rather read of you taking down dangerous criminals, thieving politicians, vicious farm murderers. Window dressing does not impress.

  • johan.r.erasmus - 2011-12-27 07:32

    Now for some continuity in enforcing the law. My feelings are, we will see these illegal items on the street soon again.

  • Comrade - 2011-12-27 07:55

    L M A O !! GOOD

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