Gauteng police confiscate counterfeit goods worth more than R7 million

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An array of successful multidisciplinary SAPS operations in Gauteng have resulted in various arrests over the weekend. This is part of the continued efforts to clean the streets of Johannesburg.

A 25-year-old man was arrested after he was found smuggling, dealing, and in the possession of counterfeit goods. He is expected to appear in the Johannesburg Magistrates Court on today, 15 February 2021.

The goods included international and local brands of sneakers, shirts, bags, and watches. Acting on a tip-off, a team consisting of members from the South African Police Service, South African National Defence Force, Department of Home Affairs, ER24, and brand holders raided the buildings in Brixton and Johannesburg CBD. 

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“Furthermore, on the evening of Saturday, 13 February 2021, Gauteng Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Elias Mawela led an integrated multidisciplinary operation that started with a roadblock in Randfontein, West Rand,” stated Captain Mavela Masondo.

40 people were arrested for driving while under the influence of alcohol in a roadblock.

The roadblock also resulted in the arrest of a further 150 suspects. Offences included the possession of an unlicensed firearm, possession of suspected stolen motor vehicle, possession of dagga, possession of mining equipment, murder, rape, business robbery, and fraud.

SAPS reported that more than a further 1240 suspects were arrested across the Gauteng province for various serious and violent crimes.