Operation nets R7m in fake goods

2012-01-13 12:49

Counterfeit goods with an estimated street value of R7 million have been seized in an operation in downtown Johannesburg.

The goods were confiscated from shops and vendors in several streets of the city, SA Revenue Services (Sars) spokesperson Adrian Lackay said.

“I cannot reveal the types and brands of the seized goods at this stage,” he said.

The operation, dubbed Operation Festive Season, was a joint exercise by the SA Police Service, the SA National Defence Force (SANDF), Johannesburg Metro Police, Sars and customs officials.

Gauteng provincial police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said police and army members searched people and raided shops.

“The aim of involving the SANDF was to assist the police in combating the trade of counterfeit goods,” he said.

No arrests were made.

The operation started late last year.

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