Fake goods worth R2.5bn seized in clampdown

2011-12-29 18:00

Johannesburg - Police have prevented contraband and counterfeit goods worth more than R2.5bn from entering South Africa in the past three months.

"From October to date, the South African Police Service and our counterparts from other government departments have prevented a variety of counterfeit goods valued at over R2.5bn from entering South Africa," national spokesperson Vishnu Naidoo said in a statement on Thursday.

Five people were arrested. The confiscated goods included perfume, cigarettes, clothes, shoes, and electronics.

"The operations at our ports of entry formed part of festive season operations to primarily focus on the proliferation of counterfeit goods as we approached the festive period," said Naidoo.

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