Gauteng Provincial Government continues to work with law enforcement agencies and customs officials to clamp down on counterfeit goods.

This after R5 billion worth of counterfeit goods confiscated since February 2019 were destroyed at the Clayville South African Police Service Storage Facility in Ekurhuleni during Operation Okae Malao on Thursday, 23 January 2020.

The goods destroyed were confiscated during operation Okae Molao conducted last year, led by Premier David Makhura, Gauteng Provincial Commissioner LieutenantGeneral Elias Mawela and the Department of Community Safety’s head, Yoliswa Makhasi.

“Goods brought into the country illegally have a devastating impact on the economy of our country. Our local industries are being undermined and destroyed by these counterfeit goods that are often linked to drugs and human trafficking,” said Premier Makhura in Clayville.

Makhura said these goods undermines the stringent measures of the revenue systems.

Meanwhile the Provincial Commissioner Mawela said one of the major criteria’s the police use in assessing the street value of illicit goods was by comparing it with the original product value.

He said despite the products having similar features, it was advisable that people do not fall into temptation of purchasing these products.

In addition, Premier Makhura received feedback from the Provincial Commissioner on the provincial crime statistics between October 2019 to January 2020.

Mawela reported that crimes related to murder in Gauteng had gone down by 3,9% for the period of October 2019 to January 2020, compared to the same period in 2018.

Sexual offences have also been reduced by 10.3%, whilst rape crimes have gone down by 10,7%. Attempted sexual offences have been reduced by 26.4%, and contact sexual offences by 35%.

Premier Makhura said: “Our Police are hard at work and I want to assure Gauteng citizens we won’t rest until we defeat crime. We are entrusted by people of Gauteng to create a conducive environment for business to prosper. Only in a crimefree province can business and entrepreneurship prosper and provide much needed jobs for our youth. I am happy that all our law enforcement agencies are hard at work for a crime free Gauteng.”

The provincial government’s anticrime Operation Okae Molao continues to intensify the fight against crime, with multiple roadblocks and issuing of warrants of arrest across all five corridors of the province.

Source: Gauteng Province