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25 August 2011 at 12:28 - Posted by Anonymous

Fans warned about counterfeit Springbok goods


The seizure of counterfeit Springbok apparel worth approximately R43 million in Johannesburg last week has put the spotlight on alarming trends about fake gear flooding the informal market.

The bust of approximately 67,000 fake Bok jerseys was made by Customs Officials and a counterfeit policing representative of Signet, licensing agents of the South African Rugby Union (SARU). The driver of the truck carrying the container of counterfeit goods was arrested by Customs Officials and charged for false declaration of goods.

Upon inspection, the goods were confirmed as being counterfeit, and Signet filed a complaint affidavit in terms of the Counterfeit Goods Act to enable policing authorities to charge the suspect and importers with offences in terms of the Act.

The goods are being stored in a state approved counterfeit goods depot pending the outcome of the investigation.

“Our policing agent is following up leads as to the possible existence of further containers,” said Alex Cotchobos of Signet.

Brett Burgess from Canterbury, official kit suppliers of SARU, was pleased with the bust, but he warned consumers to only buy their replica kit from accredited and recognised outlets.

“The scary fact is how much better these fakes are getting. I was in conversation with the some of our main suppliers as they are obviously nervous about the ripple effect on their business. I can state unequivocally that all our key customers are selling authentic jerseys. Even our security hologram on the clothing tag has now been ripped off,” said Burgess.

According to Andy Marinos, General Manager Commercial at SARU, fans should be mindful when they buy Springbok gear off the street.

“Buying fake Springbok apparel amounts to theft, it supports underlying criminal activity and has a negative impact on the economy. Affordable supporters gear is available from many retail outlets throughout the country and we’d like to urge fans to rather buy from them,” said Marinos.

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