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Wednesday, 19 January 2011
South African customs official murdered
Marius Haman has informed Afro Leo of some very disturbing news which is confirmed in this report in the Citizen Newspaper. A senior and very effective customs officer responsible for policing the borders of South Africa and based in Durban - Johan Nortje - has been shot dead in what is described as a "hit".
"Johan Nortje, who was shot and killed in his own driveway on Monday morning, had been charged with investigating the smuggling of counterfeit goods. He had also been involved in recent arrests and confiscations."
Afro-IP sends condolences to his family and friends.
Anyone with any doubts as to the seriousness of counterfeiting in South Africa, take note.