Fake Bok jerseys confiscated

2011-08-18 18:14

Johannesburg - South African customs authorities on Thursday confiscated unofficial rugby jerseys worth R43 million ahead of the 2011 World Cup which starts next month, an official said.

South African Revenue Service (SARS) spokesman Anton Fisher said 73 000 counterfeit jerseys were seized, of which 66 000 were branded with South African national rugby team logo, while the rest had local teams' names.

The jerseys were found in Cleveland, east of Johannesburg.

"Acting on a tip-off, SARS customs officials and police found a container with the suspected illegally imported goods being offloaded earlier this week," said Fisher.

"The contents of the container had been falsely declared as mannequins," he said.

The jerseys were already tagged for a leading sports shop and priced at R600 each, the normal price for authentic shirts.

He said with the Rugby World Cup, running from September 9 to October 23 in New Zealand, authorities were expecting to see an increase in counterfeit goods as happened ahead of last year's Soccer World Cup in South Africa.

Fisher said a man had been arrested and would be charged for making false declarations.

He said authorities did not want to reveal which country the jerseys came from.

South Africa passed a Counterfeit Goods Act in 1997 which allows for offenders to be jailed for up to three years.


  • The Dutchman - 2011-08-18 20:51

    How about cleaing up William Nicol? There is a lot of counterfeit goods there as well...

  • wandilec - 2011-08-18 20:58

    while u at it go to Bree and Noord those guys are selling them like its a flee market

  • Louis - 2011-08-19 06:07

    Well ah let me think.....CHINA maybe

  • Bulldozer - 2011-08-19 06:20

    Some people like Jk, docraven & BALSAK can't afford R600 jerseys. Lower the prices a tad, then counterfeiting will reduce dramatically.

      LP - 2011-08-19 10:10

      Exactly why I would have bought one at the robot. With my pay and wanting to support our boys, who the heck has R600 to throw around these days.

      Howzitekse - 2011-08-20 06:34

      The R600 ones are also fake.

  • supporter - 2011-08-19 10:19

    why pay R600.00 for a jersey if you can get it cheaper????

  • kosie - 2011-08-19 10:35

    I bought 3 for R100 each, for myself,wife and kid, There is no way i will pay R1800 for 3 jersey's. And i actually compared it to the real ones and it looks exactly the same.

      Eksjoubloubulpa - 2011-08-19 11:05

      Jy's seker `n Wp ondersteuner. Hier by ons gaan `n WP trui tussen R10 en R30. `n Blou Bul trui gaan egter vir tussen R800 en R1000. Ons jerseys is nie cheap nie !!

      Howzitekse - 2011-08-20 06:36

      Dit is net Blou Bul ondersteuners wat so dom sal wees om R800 vir n trui te betaal.

  • Whoosa - 2011-08-19 10:35

    Haha, i bouhgt a counterfit jersey yesterday in P.E for R250. R600 is crazy, especialy if they change the design every freaken year.

  • kwasimojo - 2011-08-19 11:07

    I always buy my jerseys in Atterbury St next to Menlyn. When someone asks me: "waar het jy jou trui gekoop?" I always just say "by Menlyn natuurlik!!!" ;-)

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