SARS seized possible counterfeit shoes worth R3 million. Images: SARS.

Counterfeit Christmas bust: SARS seizes shoes worth R3 million

SARS said it protected the lawful clothing and textile industry by seizing thousands of shoes at the Lebombo border with Mozambique.


SARS seized possible counterfeit shoes worth R3 million. Images: SARS.

Customs Officers attached to the South African Revenue Service (SARS) seized thousands of possible counterfeit sneakers and sandals at the Lebombo border with Mozambique this past weekend.


On Wednesday, 21 December, SARS said the Customs Detector Dog Unit (DDU) searched a truck with two trailers as it entered South Africa.

The Unit found 5237 pairs of possible counterfeit shoes and sandals. The shoes, which were emblazoned with the logos of various brands, were handed to the SA Customs State Warehouse for further processing and engagement with the relevant brand holders who will confirm the authenticity of the items.

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Images: SARS.

“The lawful production of clothing and textile industry in the country needs to be supported and SARS has shown once again that it is playing its part to foster industrial growth and job creation,” said SARS Commissioner Edward Kieswetter.

Kieswetter praised the DDU and Customs officers for their vigilance and said the revenue service is determined to accomplish its strategic objectives of making non-compliance with the law “hard and costly” for transgressors.

“While we have made it easy and simple to comply, we will not tolerate criminals and syndicates that impede the economic prosperity of our country and the well-being of our citizens,” said the SARS Commissioner.

Image: SARS.