Stupid Things People Do for Sneakers: Counterfeit sneakers seized in South African raids

Counterfeit sneakers was among the over R2.8 mllion (166,455.13 USD) in counterfeit goods that were seized in raids in Randburg, South Africa.

The joint effort from Joburg District police and the Customs Division of the South African Revenue Service, Fidelity Reaction (South Africa’s largest security provider) and brand holders raided shops that were suspected of dealing in counterfeit products.
According to Gauteng police spokesperson, Lt-Col Mavela Masondo local and international items that included sneakers , clothing, watches and handbags were seized. An additional operation 24.6 miles away in Vosloorus , led by Guateng provincial commissioner of police Lieutenant-General Elias Mawela, raided eight illegal liquor operations and an estimated 2 million rand (118,896.52 USD) worth of alcohol was seized.

“One suspect was arrested after he was found with a fraudulent liquor trading licence. One hundred and seventy-two other suspects were arrested for various crimes.”

Gauteng police spokesperson, Lieutenant-Colonel Mavela Masondo

After being into custody, the suspects have began to appear in from off various magistrate’s courts.

Police have confiscated counterfeit goods worth almost R3m and seized alcohol estimated at R2m in Gauteng during an Operation O Kae Molao blitz. Picture: SAPS

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