Police seize R50m in counterfeit goods

2011-12-02 21:22

Johannesburg - During a week-long exercise to fight piracy, more than R50m in counterfeit goods was confiscated in Johannesburg, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said on Friday.

"[The raids] focused on the manufacturers... The big boys," Mthethwa said during a briefing at the Gauteng police's head office to launch a national anti-piracy campaign.

He said piracy had a negative effect on the economy and employment.

"This is a serious economic crime."

The campaign would later spread to other provinces and feedback would be given early next year.

Before the briefing Mthethwa, accompanied by a large number of police officers, made his way through downtown Johannesburg, greeting large groups of people as news of his visit spread.

Police raided stalls at the North Street taxi rank in the city centre, and surrounding areas selling pirated merchandise, such as clothing and DVDs.

Major General Theko Pharasi said the raids had started on Friday last week.

"It's been very effective. We have confiscated tons and tons of goods."

A total of 30 people had been arrested in the past week.

  • Adam - 2011-12-02 21:46

    You not going to be very popular with the public on this one, let alone the traders. See, it’s the African way to boast name brand clothing, such as Nike shoes and Adidas tops. The income in SA does not support buying the “genuine” thing. Bear in mind the Nike running shoe, made in China costs $3 - $5 to make, so does the counterfeit Nike. The real deal commands a higher price due to marketing costs of the brand. In third world countries, on the wage earnt, they have no choice but to buy the counterfeit item, the “real deal” is out of reach financially. I never owned one single name brand item when I lived in SA, just could not afford or justify the cost. Now living overseas, I feel no pain dropping $50 on a pair of Nike’s.

      Squatter - 2011-12-02 22:34

      I think you are missing the point here Adam. If you can't afford Nike, then wear something you can. We can not condone the destruction of international branding by allowing this to go on our streets. We have to appreciate every little bit of effort the police are making to root out crime. It is a crime to sell fake goods.

      Winsome - 2011-12-03 08:37

      I think what @Adam is trying to say is that the prices of these goods in SA are exorbitant. There is such greed and profit making in this country that everything is overpriced. And that is an obvious truth.

      clifford.harrison1 - 2011-12-29 18:48

      Adam, your 'real deal' is made in china......

  • Vosloo - 2011-12-02 21:58

    At least these people try to make a live insted the cops are stealing from them thats how they make their money stealing from the poor

      Tony - 2011-12-03 17:54

      Agreed - beats theft, violet robbery. I would rather this than get shot for my cash.

  • Mahomed - 2011-12-02 22:25

    nice to know that the police are fighting crime

      Squatter - 2011-12-02 22:37

      I agree Mohammed. Every little bit is helping us in the right direction.

  • Winsome - 2011-12-03 08:35

    After reading an article in News24 about corrupt police officers one does wonder just how much of the "tons & tons" of confiscated goods will actually be destroyed. I am trying so hard not to lose faith in our police force.

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