Fake shirts worth R10m seized

2010-06-04 19:41
Flag vendor (Fabrice Coffrini, AFP)

Johannesburg - The SA Revenue Services (Sars) confiscated another shipping of counterfeit soccer shirts, worth R10m, in Johannesburg on Friday.

Spokesperson Sibabalwenathi Mfabe said just after 16:00 on Friday the Sars team was still on location at five storage facilities in a building on the corner of Bree and Von Willigh streets, where the Fifa-related gear was held.

The Fifa-related goods included Bafana Bafana (South Africa), England, Brazil and Argentina soccer jerseys.

They were confiscated after the owner of the goods could not produce documentation verifying their legal importation.

Mfabe said this was the second major bust of soccer-related goods this week. On Tuesday, Sars officials confiscated R7m worth of suspected counterfeit soccer goods.

"Given the size of the bust, Sars suspects that it is one of the major supply hubs of counterfeit clothing to traders in the greater Gauteng area," Mfabe said.

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