Man bust with fake cigarettes

2012-08-09 20:03

Cape Town - A 32-year-old man has been arrested after he was found in possession of counterfeit cigarettes with an estimated street value of R125 000 in Bellville, Western Cape police said on Thursday.

"Crime Intelligence members responded to information of a man allegedly transporting illegal goods at a Goodwood shopping mall," said Captain Frederick van Wyk.

He said 40 boxes each containing 25 cartons of cigarettes were recovered on Wednesday.

He was expected to appear in the Bellville Magistrate's Court on Friday.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-08-09 20:06

    I thought a cigarette was a cigarette.

      john.barbarian.9 - 2012-08-09 20:20

      Nah...They were selling "Maboro" and "Hamel" probably. Nobody cares about the great brand like "Ambassador" from Zim.

      bernpm - 2012-08-09 23:50

      dummest headline ever!

      fmatsena - 2012-08-10 01:39

      I don't know when will sakarete be banned in the RSA it costs us a lot,,: Fake sellers avert taxes; and serious health problems costs and bills footed by innocent tax payers. .

  • Shadipity - 2012-08-09 20:31

    There is a big differants between a fake cigeratte and a counterfeit cigeratte! I think the jerno need to demand his school fees back!

      rvbrink - 2012-08-09 20:49

      Correct. A fake cigarette does not contain tobacco products and is normally used to ween people off the tobacco product.

  • rvbrink - 2012-08-09 20:40

    The difference is the tax. For the "legal" cigarette you pay in excess of 200% tax and on top of that the manufacturer wants his 100% profit and the the shop still has to add their profit margin. On the illegally imported cigarettes these costs are circumvented. The actual cost of making a cigarette is fairly low (cheap).

  • obadia.segwape - 2012-08-09 22:12

    i m thinking of quiting now

      john.barbarian.9 - 2012-08-09 23:13

      Good choice...I will do the same.

  • 1McBird - 2012-08-10 15:41

    Well done BATSA, Your reps are doing their job.

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