Hawks raid two businesses selling counterfeit auto parts

The Hawks seized counterfeit car parts worth R150,000 during a raid on two Gauteng businesses in Kempton Park and Midrand.

The spokesman, Lt. Col. Philani Nkwalase, said the raid followed a meticulous investigation into allegations of trafficking in counterfeit vehicle parts.

The fake parts were presented as genuine Ford and Volkswagen products.

“A test purchase of the products to obtain successful search warrants for each of the business premises has been executed. In addition, during the search, large quantities of vehicle parts and accessories bearing the Ford brand and logo were found in each of the two business premises.

“Goods with a combined value of R150,000 were seized and transported to the designated counterfeit goods depot pending the finalization of criminal and civil cases against the suspects,” Nkwalase said.

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He said two suspects, aged 33 and 40, will be served with a J175 summons for breaching the Counterfeit Goods Act, which prohibits the possession or dealing in counterfeit goods.

In April, fake car parts bearing the NSK logo were seized from a warehouse in Tulisa Park, Johannesburg.

Police have arrested two people after an investigation into counterfeit vehicle spare parts being sold to motorists under the guise of genuine NSK products.

The arrests came after the Hawks Intellectual Property Rights Section of the Serious Commercial Crimes Investigation Team, in conjunction with the Tactical Operations Management Section (TOMS) and brand protection experts from Spoor and Fisher Attorney executed a search and seizure operation.

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