Counterfeit SIM cards busted in Sandton.

Counterfeit SIM cards were being manufactured in Sandton. Image; Supplied.

Gauteng police bust SIM card syndicate

Gauteng police arrested more than 40 suspected illegal immigrants at a house in Sandton, where counterfeit SIM cards were being manufactured.

Counterfeit SIM cards busted in Sandton.

Counterfeit SIM cards were being manufactured in Sandton. Image; Supplied.

In a significant raid on Friday, Gauteng police arrested more than 40 suspected illegal immigrants at a house in Sandton, where counterfeit SIM cards were being manufactured.

The operation uncovered a substantial illegal enterprise involving the production and distribution of fake cards.

Major raid uncovers counterfeit SIM cards

Police spokesperson Mavela Masondo revealed that officers discovered the suspects, aged between 17 and 36, during the raid. Their investigation led them to a garage and a backroom filled with thousands of SIM cards from all South African mobile networks, alongside a substantial number of computers used in the illegal activity.

“It is suspected that all the sim cards are manufactured from the premises. Technicians from some of the mobile cell phone networks were called to the scene where they confirmed that the sim cards were an imitation,” said Masondo.

Charges and future investigations

Among the arrested, two suspects are South Africans, while the majority are suspected illegal immigrants. All suspects are set to appear in court soon to face charges including the Contravention of the Cyber Crime Act, fraud, and illegal residency.

Masondo noted that the investigation is ongoing, with more arrests likely as authorities delve deeper into the network behind the operation.

“More suspects might be arrested pending further investigation.”