Police bust counterfeit Vaal factory

2013-06-26 21:50

Johannesburg - A factory that manufactured counterfeit products on a plot in the Vaal was closed down and goods with a value of more than R10m seized, Gauteng police said on Wednesday.

"Police followed up on information on Wednesday relating to the manufacturing of counterfeit goods," said Captain Doniah Mothutsane.

"They searched the premises and found counterfeit goods that included soaps, clothing, bags, shoe polish, hair shampoo, tobacco and luxury clothing labels."

Nine suspects believed to be members of a syndicate have been arrested and charged with manufacturing and dealing in counterfeit goods.

"It is believed that the counterfeit goods are being distributed to other syndicate members that may include shop owners throughout the province... more arrests are expected."

Seven of the suspects, who were from Malawi, Mozambique and China, were also charged with being in the country illegally after it was found that their passports had expired.

The group is expected to appear in the Vereeniging Magistrate's Court soon.

  • WildCatSal - 2013-06-26 22:04

    I think this is the tip of the Iceberg! This is sad and very destructive. Crime is way out of control in SA.

      John Loveland - 2013-06-26 22:42

      "from Malawi, Mozambique and China" Sort out our borders and illegal immigrants and half of our problems are sorted.

  • Phumlane Mkhwanazi - 2013-06-26 22:10

    This are the same counterfeit goods sold by Somalis and Pakistanis in townships at a low cost, taking genuine SA traders out of business!!!!!

      Abdul-Ba'ith Sayegh - 2013-06-26 22:53

      All this while they are shouting for extra protection.

  • WildCatSal - 2013-06-26 22:14

    With counterfeit goods, a lot of jobs are lost here in SA.

      Blue Spheric - 2013-06-27 09:31

      WildCat I disagree with you here...I rather believe the problem lies with our total lack of 'border control'. The counterfeiters are all foreign nationals. It's above my comprehension how any country can allow any foregin nationals into their borders when half of their own countrymen are starving!!

  • HJS - 2013-06-26 22:25

    Good job, but how about some more detail News24? "Vaal" a rather large area. Name some of the goods in a more informative manner.

  • Joe Marshe - 2013-06-26 22:30

    Obviously ran by the Chinese.Importing the fakes became too risky I guess so they set up shop here.

  • Solly Mokoena - 2013-06-26 22:44

    That's why I don't need this things in my country. They r doing more harm to the country than good. And pls don't tell me the are white foreigners as well. Whites don't do what this rubbish is doing to our country. Nigerians running around with drugs and prostitution! And most don't come with the necessary skills to develop our country except elligal skills ofcourse.

      Abdul-Ba'ith Sayegh - 2013-06-26 22:57

      They ran a factory, BBBEE.

      Blue Spheric - 2013-06-27 09:36

      WELL SAID SOLLY!!! Can you begin to fathom the many probelsm which would be almost erradicated from our beautiful country, if we could get rid of the vast majority of illegal foreign nationals. I believe, if they cannot prove their worth in the country they must be given a time-frame to leave, instead of us trying to accommodate them here.

  • c0l1ard - 2013-06-26 22:44

    Information they received was most probably an ex employee.

  • Musa Mazibuko - 2013-06-27 00:13

    Illegal immigrants do as they please in this country. It's these kind of people that are killing our economy.

  • Allen Jordaan - 2013-06-27 03:58

    Your vote can change things

  • Jan Ramoshaba - 2013-06-27 04:29

    Lock them up n throw away the keys weldone guys just monitor each other there because some will fall for bribe to escape them out

  • tamane.pelo - 2013-06-27 06:18

    The gurdians of our country are busy enriching themselves. While the country is going to the dogs.

  • Steven Melville Armour - 2013-06-27 06:39

    Deport them,finished and klaar.

  • Charles_McDonwald - 2013-06-27 07:17

    Soon we will hear these words: "Ooooh young grasshopper, you lacist!" The Chinese are doing a way better job than the ANC in ruining our economy and they will become a major problem in the near future. They will consume our natural resources faster than you can say "Chow main".

  • Vusi Nhlabathi - 2013-06-27 07:22

    i like it whoory ........just imagine buying a fake soap unaware and cause ur face to develop shubabas (huge scary burning marks )

  • Trudi Roos Potter - 2013-06-27 08:29

    The police will not get of these people. They are a source of cash for them. They are driving around the Vaal finding strangers getting money from them not to be sent home or arrested. We have seen that!

  • Aqeelah Khan - 2013-06-27 09:20

    ah! some good news at last!! now let's keep at it and we will make a positive change!!

  • Danny Letsholo - 2013-06-27 09:37

    Send them to jail they dont derseve to c the light again thats y i hate foreiners they do as they want in south africa y they dont do thies in their coutries

  • Nhlapo Pk Phoka - 2013-06-27 10:41

    Good job.

  • Lex Brair - 2013-06-27 19:01

    Crime isn't big coz it's been committed by a foriegner,i would love producing fake stuff than killing and raping as we do,South Africa z nw crime power house,thts y Dewani came wth R10,000 in hz pocket to get a wife killed,it worked,so any crime z possible here

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