R5 million for counterfeit car parts seized in Hawks raid in Johannesburg


The Hawks seized more than R5 million in counterfeit car parts in a raid in Johannesburg.

PHOTO: Tiro Ramatlhatse, Gallo Images, Sowetan

The Hawks have seized more than R5 million in counterfeit car parts in a raid in Johannesburg.

Officials on Friday conducted a search and seizure at a Tulisa Park warehouse where they found counterfeit auto parts being sold to the public.

They found “large quantities of bearings” with the branding and logo of manufacturer NSK, Hawks spokesman Lt. Col. Nkwalase said.

Nkwalase said:

Samples of NSK stock were purchased and a search warrant was successfully obtained during the investigation into allegations of the sale and distribution of counterfeit vehicle parts. Large quantities of NSK branded and logoed bearings were found in what turned out to be a huge distribution center. All goods, valued at R5 million, were confiscated for further investigation.

Two people, aged 49 and 52, would face criminal and civil proceedings, Nkwalase said.

“You will be served at a later date [a] J175 subpoena for violating the Counterfeit Goods Act will appear in court once all investigations are complete,” Nkwalase added.

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