5 shop owners arrested

LEPHALALE — Lephalale Police arrested five business owners in Lephalale town, and they were issued with a fine of R500 each on a J534 (they signed a form as an admission of guilt) on 12 March.

They were arrested for selling counterfeit goods in their shops.

Counterfeit goods such as cigarettes (gold Remington) (Phoenix filter menthol) sanitary pads (Stay Free), shoe polish, toothbrushes, Gold Star instant yeast, spicy chicken and Vicks were confiscated.

The arrest was done with the assistant of a private company, CL Investigators and the operation was led by CPU Commander Lt Col Mabila.

The estimated value of the goods is R101 616.

(Counterfeit means to imitate something authentic, with the intent to steal, destroy, or replace the original, for use in illegal transactions, or otherwise to deceive individuals into believing that the fake is of equal or greater value than the real thing. Counterfeit products are fakes or unauthorized replicas of the real product. Counterfeit products are often produced with the intent to take advantage of the superior value of the imitated product. The word counterfeit frequently describes both the forgeries of currency and documents, as well as the imitations of items such as clothing, handbags, shoes, pharmaceuticals, automobile parts, unapproved aircraft parts, (which have caused many accidents), watches, electronics (both parts and finished products), software, works of art, toys, and movies.

Counterfeit products tend to have fake company logos and brands (resulting in patent or trademark infringement in the case of goods), have a reputation for being lower quality (sometimes not working at all) and may contain toxic substances such as lead. This has resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people, due to automobile and aviation accidents, poisoning, or ceasing to take essential compounds (e.g., in the case a person takes non-working medicine).

Source: Wikipedia

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