JOHANNESBURG - Mayor Herman Mashaba on Tuesday said he was "relieved" that the police had finally acted on his requests for a blitz on counterfeit goods and other crimes in the city.
Speaking at the New Council Chamber, in Braamfontein where he released the monthly Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) performance statistics, Mashaba said: “We all know that money made from buying and selling counterfeit goods does not contribute anything to the country’s economy. Illegal money, goes into funding even more illegal activities”.
The mayor was making reference to the counterfeit raids in the CBD earlier this month in which millions of rand worth of fake goods were confiscated. More than 500 foreign national were also picked up during the raid on 7 August.
Several policemen were arrested for graft linked to the raids.
Mashaba said one of the reasons the country’s economy was in such a dire state was because of high crime rates, which he said ultimately led to lawlessness.