Suspect in court for R3.3 million worth of counterfeit goods

MPUMALANGA Gibson Mutero (46) appeared before the Komartipoort Magistrate Court on Tuesday, 14 January 2020 after he was arrested by members of the Hawks Serious Commercial Crime Investigation Mpumalanga together with Lebombo Border Police as well as Customs and Excise at Lebombo port of entry on Monday, 13 January 2020, while transporting counterfeit goods from Mozambique to Johannesburg.

The suspect who was driving a Volvo Truck with two trailers was caught with R3.3million worth counterfeit goods hidden under saw dust in the truck. Upon the search the team managed to uncover a series of branded sneakers, sandals, school bags and jeans. The brands include amongst others Nike, Adidas, Puma and Redbat.

The suspect was arrested whilst the truck and goods were taken to SARS Customs Warehouse for safe keeping.

Mutero was released on R4 500.00 bail after his residence and employment addresses were confirmed. The case has been postponed to 03 March 2020 for further investigation and obtaining of statements.

Source: South African Police Service