R5m in counterfeit goods seized

2010-12-22 10:31

Counterfeit goods with a street value of R5 million have been confiscated in the last week by various government departments in Cape Town, the department of trade and industry said today.

“The values of the goods are estimated at more than R5?million, but the real value of the damage caused to the reputation of the legitimate brands and the harm to consumers is priceless,” department spokesperson Sidwell Moloantoa Medupe said.

He said that a three-day operation, targeting informal trading markets in the Kuilsrivier and Strand areas, took place on the first weekend of the official holiday season that opened on December 16.

Goods confiscated from more than 60 stalls included counterfeit clothing items and sunglasses, with well-known brand names and rugby trademarks. The department of trade and industry’s inspectors led the operation which included officials from the City of Cape Town, business area management, the department of home affairs, immigration and various divisions of the department of agriculture.

The SAPS, through their Crime Intelligence Sea Border Unit, and Port of Entry Cape Town Harbour Unit followed up on distribution channels and import routes.

The safety and security matters of the operation were handled by the Cape Town Metro Police Department and Cape Town Law Enforcement.

“Counterfeit goods and those sub-standard goods that enter our shores illegally continue to cripple the manufacturing and the clothing and textile sectors of our economy and the department of trade and industry will continue to co-ordinate with other government departments to curb the influx of such goods.”?

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