STELLALANDER-MAHIKENG: An intelligence driven operation conducted on Friday (17 June) by Mahikeng law enforcement, consisting of the National Border Security, Head Office Visible Policing (VISPOL) and Serious Commercial Crime Investigation (SCCI) Unit, led to the confiscation of counterfeit goods worth R380 000.
The police’s action emanated from undercover purchases of counterfeit clothing & footwear that were made by members from SCCI since 6 May at seven identified premises in Mahikeng. Police obtained six search and seizure warrants in terms of Section 6 of the Counterfeit Goods Act (Act 37 of 1997) and they were executed. In the first shop 140 pairs of counterfeit footwear were confiscated. In a second shop, 85 pairs of counterfeit footwear, 96 pieces of counterfeit tracksuit pants, tops and four units of counterfeit sports jackets were found. In shop number three the following counterfeit items were seized: 41 pairs of footwear, nine pieces of tracksuit pants and tops, six sports bags and one cap. In the fourth store 63 pairs of counterfeit footwear, 56 pieces of counterfeit tracksuit pants and tops, three counterfeit sport jackets and two sports bags were seized. At the fifth shop 26 counterfeit sports bags were seized. In the last shop the following counterfeit goods were seized: six pairs of footwear, 13 tracksuit pants and tops, 16 T-shirts and two sports bags were seized. Six suspects between the ages of 24 and 50 were arrested during the operation and charged for possession of counterfeit goods. They were expected to appear in the Molopo Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday (21 June) for their first court appearance. (Images: saps)