Fake music CDs smashed in city

2017-03-16 06:03
FPB staff members, Nomfundo Ralante and Saeebo Seloane busy with feeding crushing machine the illegal discs.

FPB staff members, Nomfundo Ralante and Saeebo Seloane busy with feeding crushing machine the illegal discs.

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More than sixty thousand counterfeit DVDs and CDs were destroyed bythe members of the Film and Publication Board (FBP) in Bellville inconjunction with the police.

FPB Western Cape region director Clive Borman said the “mkokotelos” were worth about R6000,000 and “that was bleeding the industry”.

Borman said there were 77 criminal cases against people found producing counterfeits - 13,500 were discovered in seperate raids.

Police further found 9,700 DVDs and CDs abandoned whilst 36,8000 mkokotelos were received from other Law Enforcement Informal Trading Unit.

“We thank all our partners for their efforts to combat this illegal distribution of films and music,” said Borman.

Meanwhile arts activist and peoples poet Mzwakhe Mbuli has commended FPB for its “role in obliterating piracy”.

“This is a scourge negatively impacts on our artists and when police and law enforcers pounce on piracy peddlers we must rejoice,” said Mbuli.

Mbuli urged the police to conduct regular inspections at malls, taxi ranks and train stations “where piracy peddlers display and sell mkokotelos without fear”.

“Piracy is economic sabotage, piracy is crime, piracy is fraud. Piracy is infringement of intellectual property and piracy is theft,” said Mbuli.

He labelled piracy syndicates as “unethical because they sell music of fallen martyrs such as Brenda Fassie, Mirriam Makeba, Stompie Mavi, Lucky Dube, Vuyo Mokoena and many others.

“That revenue for is for the bereaved families and we must do all to stop these thieves,” he said.

Mbuli said piracy syndicates don’t pay tax and they were “shameless parasites”.

“They manufactured counterfeit films of Nelson Mandela’s “Long walk To Freedom” and made fortunes out of Zahara. There were five different covers of “Loliwe” and Nathi’s Unomvula Wam,” he lamented.

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