Information from the South African Revenue Service (SARS) divulged that counterfeit sneakers worth R8.7 million were seized at the Lebombo border post in Mpumalanga.
BuzzSouthAfrica gathered that a total of 9,085 pairs of Adidas-branded and 1,850 pairs of Nike-branded sneakers were discovered in a white truck coming into South Africa from Mozambique.
According to SARS, the truck driver ignored requests from Customs officials to stop at the port check point. The officials later discovered that the-same truck was detained earlier this year in July with a consignment of clothing.
In a media statement, SARS narrated that the male driver fled on foot and that no arrests have been made.
The statement read:
“SARS Customs and South African Police Service (SAPS) officials pursued the vehicle and stopped it outside the port area…Contravention of the Customs & Excise Act, Counterfeit Act and Criminal Procedures Act is being investigated
SARS expressed its gratitude to Customs staff deployed at the respective ports of entry during the festive period as well as other law enforcement agencies.
They are required to remain vigilant and committed at all times. This bust demonstrates the consistence of our Customs team members who continually make SARS proud.
SARS thanks other law enforcement agencies at the respective ports for their cooperation and support.”
Meanwhile, SAPS intercepted goods being smuggled from South Africa into Zimbabwe.
From our gatherings, it was the Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba that led an aerial operation which resulted in the interception of goods being smuggled from South Africa into Zimbabwe.
As learnt, a donkey cart was spotted from a police helicopter conveying goods towards the Zimbabwe side of the Limpopo river.
“The suspects, when noticing a police helicopter landing on the river bank, fled into Zimbabwe; leaving the donkeys and the cart in the dryer portion of the Limpopo river.
This is the second achievement of an operation led by the Provincial Commissioner.
“Last week, a motor vehicle that was reported stolen in Durban was abandoned by the suspects in the middle of the Limpopo River together with five donkeys that were used to pull it through the water.
“The suspects fled after they were spotted from a police helicopter. The origin of these items, which include groceries, is still being investigated and there is no arrest,” SAPS narrated.