PARKTOWN – The integrated operations by the Gauteng law enforcement agencies forum (GLEAF) on Tuesday 30 April 2019 culminated in the destruction of illicit goods estimated at over R500 000 000. These counterfeit goods form part of the consignment confiscated during the weekly operations in the period August 2018 when O KAE MOLAO operations were launched, to January 2019, with most of the goods having been seized from shops in the Johannesburg and Pretoria CBDs.
Together with respective Brand Owners, Gauteng MEC for Community Safety, MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane and Gauteng Commissioner of Police, Lieutenant General Elias Mawela led the destruction of what is commonly called “fake brands” on the street.
“This destruction today is demonstrated publicly in response to public doubt relating to where the confiscated goods end up at,” confirmed the Provincial Commissioner. General Mawela further reminded the audience that, “this is also part of the police’s fight against organised crime that many-a-times has a negative impact on the economy of Gauteng as the economic hub of the country.
MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane remarked that, “the issue of counterfeit goods is a widespread challenge that impacts negatively on our economy. I urge our police to continue with the good work and ensure that syndicates behind the production of these counterfeit goods are dismantled.”
Other role players that attended the disposal of counterfeit goods included ER 24 rescue unit, Adams & Adams Attorney, Spoor and Fischer Attorneys, various Brand Holders, Metro Police Departments and the SAPS.
Police expect to have many more such disposals in the future since these operations are ongoing until the level of crime reaches the desired reduced level.