Police raided Dragon City Mall in Fordsburg and seized counterfeit goods worth more than R10 million, 15 people were also arrested during the operation.
Police spokesperson Captain Mavela Masondo confirmed that more than 15 people were arrested during the raids.
The people were detained for “offences ranging from possession of counterfeit goods to being illegal immigrants, illegal electricity connections were cut by Joburg City Power, while the estimated value of the seized goods is more than R10 million.”
For the raid, the SA Police Services were accompanied by Johannesburg metro police, customs officials from the SA Revenue Services and officials from the Department of Home Affairs.
Among the counterfeit goods were luxury brands like Rolex watches (sold for R1500 each), Michael Kors, Casio and products branded Apple.
The city of Johannesburg’s forensic investigation services said: “Different skin-lightening creams were also found and are suspected to have contravened Sars customs and Department of Health regulations. Some of the creams contain banned substances that deface a lot of women and poses serious health conditions,” said the city’s investigation services.
Masondo said they would continue the operation to seize all counterfeit goods in the country.
Koketso Ramorei is a journalist and news editor of SADC News with years of experience in a number of genres including sports, politics and community reporting. He has worked for a numerous publications including The Citizen Newspaper and is a former editor of a Johannesburg-based off-campus publication called The Waldorfian Times.