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Major Counterfeit Goods Seizure in Johannesburg CBD



The national counterfeit goods unit recently executed a significant operation at a shopping mall located at the corner of Rahima Moosa and Von Wielligh Street in Johannesburg’s central business district (CBD). This action resulted in the confiscation of counterfeit items valued at approximately R15.5 million.

Details of the Seizure

  • Goods Confiscated: The seized items totaled over 18,000 and included a wide range of products:
    • Shoes
    • Sports apparel
    • Handbags
    • Caps
    • Perfumes

Lieutenant Colonel Amanda van Wyk, spokesperson for the Gauteng police, provided details on the operation, emphasizing its scale and the variety of counterfeit goods seized.

Previous Operations

This seizure follows a similar bust reported last week on Rahima Moosa Street, where counterfeit branded clothing worth R6.6 million was found in a factory. The operation uncovered over 7,000 items, including:

  • Shoes
  • Clothing
  • Handbags
  • Caps
  • Perfumes
  • Cosmetics
  • Backpacks

In addition to the counterfeit goods, police seized equipment used in the manufacturing of these items, including sewing machines, an overlocker machine, an embossing machine, a hot press, and numerous labels of well-known brands.

Recent Trends and Impact

  • Recent Seizures: In the past three weeks alone, authorities have confiscated nearly R28 million worth of counterfeit goods.
  • Cumulative Impact: Over the past eight months, the national counterfeit unit, in collaboration with various crime-fighting partners, has seized counterfeit and illicit goods worth over R400 million during numerous take-down operations across different parts of South Africa.


The recent operations highlight the ongoing efforts by the national counterfeit goods unit to combat the proliferation of counterfeit products in South Africa. These measures aim to protect consumers and genuine brands from the economic and reputational damage caused by counterfeit goods. The success of these operations demonstrates the effectiveness of coordinated law enforcement activities and underscores the significant challenge posed by counterfeit manufacturing and distribution networks.


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