Eight in court for possession of counterfeit goods worth R1m

Photo: Supplied

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A truck driver destined for Mozambique was caught with a cargo of soap powder.

Eight men are expected to appear in the Benoni Magistrates’ Court, on the East Rand, after they were arrested for possession of counterfeit goods believed to be valued at R1 million.

Ekurheni Metro Police Department (EMPD) spokesperson Clifford Shongwe said the men were arrested in Cloverdene on Friday, Benoni City Times reported.

The EMPD made the arrest after the owner of a truck called a tracking company when his driver failed to return with his truck to Germiston.

The driver was destined for Mozambique with a cargo of soap powder.

Crystal Park SAPS spokesperson Tryna Maritz said the driver did deliver the cargo in Mozambique but stopped in Cloverdene en route to Germiston.

The owner of the truck became suspicious when the driver did not return, which prompted him to call a tracking company.

The truck was traced to a property on Fifth Road.

Maritz said the eight men, aged between 24 and 40, were caught offloading counterfeit goods, including handbags, shoes and clothes.

It is unclear where these goods came from.

– Caxton News Service


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