R5m worth of counterfeit car parts seized in Johannesburg Hawks raid

The Hawks confiscated more than R5 million worth of counterfeit car parts during a raid in Johannesburg.

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The Hawks confiscated more than R5 million worth of counterfeit car parts during a raid in Johannesburg.

On Friday, officers conducted a search and seizure at a warehouse in Tulisa Park, where they discovered counterfeit spare parts were being sold to the public.

They found “large quantities of bearings” with the manufacturer’s NSK branding and logo, Hawks spokesman Lt. Col. Nkwalase said.

Nkwalase said:

Samples of NSK bearings were purchased during the investigation into allegations of sale and distribution of counterfeit vehicle spare parts, and a search warrant was successfully obtained. Large quantities of bearings bearing the NSK brand and logo were found in what turned out to be a large-scale distribution warehouse. All goods with an estimated value of R5 million have been seized for further investigation.

Two people, ages 49 and 52, would face criminal and civil charges, Nkwalase said.

“They will later be served with [a] J175 court summons for violation of counterfeit goods law once all investigations are completed,” Nkwalase added.


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