Hundreds Arrested In Gauteng, Booze, Fake Branded Goods Seized

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Law enforcers on Thursday swooped on businesses in Gauteng, where they confiscated counterfeit goods worth more than R2.8 million and closed illegal liquor outlets.

The multidisciplinary Operation O Kae Molao seized alcohol with an estimated value of R2 million.

In Randburg, SA Police Service (SAPS) members were joined by the South African Revenue Service – Customs, Fidelity Reaction, and Brandholders.  

Lieutenant Colonel Mavela Masondo said branded local and international items that include sneakers, clothing, watches, and handbags were seized. 

Two suspects were arrested and charged with possession and trading in counterfeit goods. 

As many as 260 suspects were arrested for serious and violent crimes.

In Vosloorus, Ekurhuleni District, Gauteng Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Elias Mawela led an integrated Operation O Kae Molao where eight illegal liquor outlets were closed down and alcohol worth about R2 million seized. 

One suspect was arrested after he was found with a fraudulent liquor trading license. 

Police arrested 172 other suspects for various crimes

In the West Rand District Operation O Kae Molao swooped in Magaliesburg, Hekpoort, and Tarlton.

As many as 110 suspects were arrested for crimes ranging from murder, assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, armed robbery, possession of an unlicensed firearm, and damage to essential infrastructure.

Lieutenant Colonel Masondo operations were also effective in Tshwane and Sedibeng Districts where more than 320 suspects were arrested for various crimes.

Arrested suspects will appear before different magistrate courts from Friday, 1 July 2022,” said Lieutenant Colonel Masondo.

BOOZE BUST: Police seized liquor from illegal outlets in Gauteng on Thursday