Six appear in court after R77 Million counterfeit factory shutdown in the Northern Cape

Pretoria: Police management has commended the work of police in the Northern Cape following the discovery of a factory where counterfeit products were being manufactured.

On Tuesday, 11 July 2018, police conducted a raid on three properties in Hartswater, in the Province of Northern Cape after receiving information about the manufacturing, packaging and distributions of counterfeit foods and other goods.

Upon arrival, police discovered the goods as well as equipment used to manufacture these goods such as sanitary towels, shoe polish, food, condiments and other counterfeit items.

Six people including five men and a woman were summarily arrested.

On Wednesday, 18 July 2018 all of the accused appeared before the Hartswater Magistrate Court on a charge of manufacturing and distribution of counterfeit goods.

Two of them, Kahgmin Li and Chen Wenhai where each granted bail of R10 000 and R5000 respectively.

The other four were remanded in custody until Friday, 20 July 2018 for a formal bail application.

The National Commissioner of the SAPS, General Khehla Sitole has called on communities to continue supporting the work of the police to ensure a better life for all.

We can only continue to win the fight against crime with the help of our communities. We call on all our communities to assist us in identifying these culprits with a view of putting an end to illicit trade of good. A pat on the back for our members who continue to ensure that they prevent, combat and investigate crime", said General Khehla John Sitole.

The South African Police Service has a forum to address illicit and counterfeit goods, mainly liquor, with a view of clamping down on illegal trade. This is an integrated approach which involves various departments including the South African Revenue Service (SARS), the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Trade and Industry, the Liquor Board and a host of other stakeholders.

"Fake and counterfeit liquor products pose a serious risk to public health. In addition to the risk to public health, South Africa is losing tax revenue due to the illicit trade. Communities are urged not to buy counterfeit goods, concluded General Sitole.

Source: South African Police Service (SAPS)