SARS nabs truck with counterfeit sneakers worth R11 million

Counterfeit Nike and Adidas sneakers worth close to R11 million were seized by SARS at the Lebombo port in Mpumalanga on Monday. Image: Supplied

The South African Revenue Services (SARS) nabbed a truck that contained almost R11 million worth of counterfeit Nike and Adidas sneakers through the Lebombo entry port in Mpumalanga.

The massive seizure happened early on Monday morning.

According to SARS spokesperson, Amanda Mqulwana, a total of 9085 pairs of ‘Adidas’-branded sneakers and 1850 pairs of ‘Nike’-branded sneakers were discovered in a white truck entering South Africa from Mozambique at 01:00.

The truck driver ignored requests from Customs officials to stop at the port check point.  Customs officials identified the truck as having been detained in July this year with a consignment of clothing.

SARS customs and police services officials pursued the vehicle and the male driver fled on foot. No arrests have been made as yet.

The truck was escorted to the State warehouse where the consignment was detained for counting of sneakers.

Brand holders within South Africa will be required to do an authentication process. Contravention of the Customs & Excise Act, Counterfeit Act and Criminal Procedures Act is being investigated.

SARS expressed its gratitude to Customs staff deployed at the respective ports of entry during the festive period as well as other law enforcement agencies.

Pulane Choane/BloemfonteinCourant