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Police seize counterfeit goods worth over R3 million and arrest a Pakistani national for bribery during a takedown operation in Midrand

Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the National Commissioner


MIDRAND - The National Counterfeit Goods Unit led an integrated take down operation in Midrand on Thursday, 16 May 2024, resulting in the seizure of counterfeit goods worth over R3 million and the arrest of one Pakistani national for bribery.

The operation involved members of the National Counterfeit Goods Unit, Commercial Crimes Detectives, officials from the South African Revenue Services (SARS), Brand Protectors, Crime Prevention Wardens, and Private Security. They executed a search and seizure warrant, targeting shops within a local shopping centre in Midrand.

Over 4000 items imitating well-known brands were seized, including sports apparel, shoes, cellphones, cellphone accessories, Bluetooth speakers, and earphones.

During the operation, a Pakistani national attempted to bribe the officials and was subsequently arrested.

Last week, the National Counterfeit Goods Unit in collaboration with Brand Protectors seized counterfeit petroleum oil worth over R200,000 and arrested four Zimbabwean nationals in Monavoni, a suburb on the outskirts of Centurion.

These recent successes follow similar take down operations led by the National Counterfeit Goods Unit over the last six months in different parts of the country.


Lieutenant Colonel Amanda van Wyk
067 595 0163



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