Police pounce on counterfeit factory worth R77 million

HARTSWATER, July 11 – Police in the Northern Cape on Wednesday said a counterfeit factory worth around R77 million was closed down following a sting operation.
According to a statement, the K9 unit were following up on leads regarding the manufacturing, packaging, and distribution of household foods and other goods.
“Police found goods of well known branded spices, baking powder, instant yeast, sanitary towels, shoe polish and other counterfeit items. Police also confiscated the machinery used for the alleged manufacturing and packaging of the goods,” the statement said.
“Brand protectors and other experts collected goods for storage at the state warehouse in Pretoria where sample testing will be done.”
Officers arrested five men and a woman at various houses in the area in connection with the illicit activities at the factory.
– African News Agency (ANA)