A joint operation between the Port of Ngqura border policing and patent attorneys, Spoor and Fisher led to the counterfeit goods valued at nearly R1.5 million at a mall in Port Elizabeth.
Colonel Priscilla Naidu released a statement on Sunday explaining that SAPS and a representative from the patent attorney’s office confiscated counterfeit goods mainly consisting of board games and perfumes during their search of the shop.
“It is alleged that at about 09:00 on [Thursday, 18 February], the Commander of the Port of Ngqura, Col Christopher Zondi received information of counterfeit goods being sold at a shop at a popular mall in the Kabega Park policing area. Immediately Operation Seiskhona was activated and the relevant role-players contacted,” Naidu reports.
“Trading in counterfeit goods is one of the biggest threats to economic order and growth in this country therefore as law enforcement every effort must be made to clamp down on illicit counterfeit transactions.”
The registered patent attorneys were given the confiscated goods to be stored. The store manager was given a warning for contravening patent laws through the sale of counterfeit goods.