Counterfeit goods busted in Johannesburg

Counterfeit goods were seized in Johannesburg on Thursday. Image: Supplied

Counterfeit bust in Joburg: ‘Handbags’ among seized fake goods

Police achieved a significant victory in their ongoing battle against counterfeit goods with a raid on Thursday in central Johannesburg.

Counterfeit goods busted in Johannesburg

Counterfeit goods were seized in Johannesburg on Thursday. Image: Supplied

Police achieved a significant victory in their ongoing battle against counterfeit goods with a raid on Thursday in central Johannesburg. The National Counterfeit Unit targeted a premises on Rahima Moosa Street, uncovering a large-scale counterfeit operation.

Massive haul of counterfeit goods

Authorities seized over 7000 counterfeit items, estimated to be worth R6.6 million. Among the confiscated goods were imitations of well-known brands, including shoes, clothing, handbags, caps, perfumes, cosmetics, and backpacks. The raid also uncovered equipment used in the manufacturing of these items, including sewing machines, an overlocker, an embossing machine, a hot press, and a substantial quantity of labels from popular brands.

“This is the biggest counterfeit manufacturing plant bust in the past year,” stated police spokesperson Amanda van Wyk.

The successful operation involved a coordinated effort from the South African Police Service (SAPS), officials from the South African Revenue Service (SARS), Gauteng Traffic, Johannesburg EMS, Brand Protectors, Crime Prevention Wardens, and private security.

Continuing efforts against counterfeiting

The raid marks another milestone in the police’s relentless efforts to combat the counterfeit items market. Just last week, authorities made a similar bust, seizing counterfeit goods worth R5.8 million in the Johannesburg CBD. These operations are part of an ongoing initiative to dismantle the networks behind the production and distribution of fake merchandise.

According to IOL, a Pakistani national was arrested in Midrand in May for allegedly trying to bribe police during a take-down operation relating to counterfeit goods.

Gauteng police said The National Counterfeit Goods Unit led an integrated take-down operation in Midrand, resulting in the seizure of counterfeit goods worth over R3 million.

Additionally, the operation involved members of the National Counterfeit Goods Unit, Commercial Crimes Detectives, officials from the South African Revenue Services (SARS), Brand Protectors, Crime Prevention Wardens, and Private Security. Also, they executed a search and seizure warrant, targeting shops within a local shopping centre in Midrand.

During the take-down operation, over 4000 items imitating well-known brands were seized. The well-known brands included sports apparel, shoes, cell phones, cell phone accessories, Bluetooth speakers, and earphones.