COUNTERFEIT GOODS GROUP
The Counterfeit Goods desk deals with
infringements of Intellectual Property Rights. The Intellectual
Property Rights is a term used to describe the protection of
brands and innovations around the world. The Counterfeit Goods
Act, Copyright Act, Merchandise Marks Act, Films and Publication
Act and the Patents Act form part of the Intellectual Property
Rights and are investigated by the Counterfeit Goods Team.
There are two investigation teams in Gauteng Province that are
responsible for the investigation of these Acts; one in
Johannesburg Commercial Branch and the other one in Pretoria
Commercial Branch. There are also Counterfeit Goods
investigation teams in other cities like Cape Town and Durban.
MODUS OPERANDI OF CRIMES
The brands are constantly counterfeited and sold
at a low price as compared to the original items. This include
DVDs, CDs for music, clothing apparel of popular Brands such as
NIKE, REEBOK, and many more. These fake goods are sold mostly by
hawkers in the streets. Some flea markets and shops also deal in
These goods are either brought in the country
from overseas countries or are manufactured in the country. The
suspects are mostly foreign nationals.
CONTACT INFORMATION OF THE DESK
The crimes as well as operations are coordinated
from the Head Office at office number : 012 393 1200, fax 012
393 1202. The Commander of the Counterfeit Investigation desk at
Johannesburg is Captain PC Kubheka at the office 011 870 5300
and cell number 083 507 8748.
Pretoria Investigation team Captain E Meyer at office number 012
401 3349 and cell number 084 406 1592.
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