Two bust for CD piracy as cops raid East Street flat

2009-08-13 00:00

A CONGOLESE man is on the run after his East Street flat was raided by the Pietermaritzburg crime intelligence unit following a tip-off about illegal manufacturing and selling of pirated CDs and DVDs.

The man’s wife and another Congolese man, both 29, are in police custody and are expected to appear in the magistrate’s court shortly for contravening the Copyright Act, just a month after a similar bust of a big manufacturing syndicate in the city centre where a 24-year-old Congolese woman was arrested.

The pair, whose names are known to The Witness, were caught in action just after lunch yesterday. More than 630 DVDs showing porn, Nigerian films and other favourites like Mr Bones were found in the flat. Local music CDs were also retrieved.

Thulani Zondi, the anti-piracy enforcement officer for the Recording Industry of SA (Risa), estimated the value of the discs alone to be over R64 000. He said the sum does not include DVD writers, duplicators, scanners, LCD screens and plates confiscated, as well goods believed to have been stolen such as laptops.

While he commended the good work of the police, Zondi said the issue of piracy is still a big problem.

“We appreciate the work of the investigators. We are trying hard to fight this crime of piracy, but we are far from winning. It is quick cash and the unfortunate thing is that many of the offenders use schoolkids to distribute things like porn.”

Zondi said a connection between yesterday’s arrest and the previous one could not be ruled out.

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