|Stun Grenade downtown Joburg (Pic Adrian De Kock)|
At the risk of repetition, it is almost a year to the day that a Custom offical was murdered for being too effective at his job. The statistics on counterfeiting are at appalling levels - taxes do not get paid, jobs and revenue are lost, counterfeit spare parts and drugs are deadly and counterfeiting has been linked to organised crime and perhaps even terrorism. The effects of counterfeiting cannot be underestimated and whilst Afro-IP does not condone brutality or abuse of powers in any way, it supports all efforts against counterfeiting. One must question whether, but for the alleged abuses mentioned in the report, the news would have made the front page or the newspaper at all. Probably not. And what does that say about the mindset of the public against dealers in counterfeit goods, when such news does not (on its own) sell papers?