Police warn about fake goods
The Da Gamaskop police warn the public to be on the lookout for counterfeit items.
On Friday, 1 September, a suspect was arrested in the parking area at Mikeva for the possession of counterfeit items. Constable Kallie Carelse from the Da Gamaskop police apprehended the suspect, who was in the possession of several cellphones including Samsung Galaxy ones and a Sony.
The rings, gold and inset with "diamonds" are marked at R500 each and advertised as 9ct gold, which is not the case.
The counterfeit cellphones, supposedly expensive brand names, are offered at bargain prices, but are not the authorised products. The suspect tried to sell a Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus for R4 000, whereas its actual value is R17 000. According to the police, the suspect's supplier is in Johannesburg and imports the counterfeit goods, which is then sold to the suspect at R950 per unit. A Sony XA Plus, which is not yet available on the market in South Africa, was also offered on sale.
The suspect, arrested on Friday, appeared in the Mossel Bay Magistrate's Court on Monday on a charge of possession of counterfeit items. He had both the cellphones and rings in his possession.
Should anyone be offered these items, they should report this to Wo A Stokes at the Da Gamaskop Police Station immediately (044 606 2200).
These counterfeit cellphones were found on the suspect.
These rings, made out to be 9ct gold, are offered for sale, but they are fake.