The Southern African Federation Against Copyright Theft (Safact) together with the South African Border Police and brand enforcement agencies have bust a major pirate DVD syndicate.
This comes after a supplier of counterfeit films and music was identified and investigated.
Operations conducted in the Fordsburg and surrounding areas found the supplier in possession of over 3,600 discs, packaged and ready for distribution on the streets of Gauteng.
Numerous other counterfeit products were also seized during the operation.
Safact said the suspect appeared in court on 9 March, and the case remanded pending further investigation.
“Piracy kills jobs, opportunities, and sustainable income for honest workers in the creative industry,” said Safact.
“Piracy is not only illegal, but robs honest and legitimate businesses of their income.”
It warned that when consumers buy pirated films, they are supporting organised crime and criminal syndicates.
The loss to the entertainment industry is estimated at approximately R200 million per year.
Safact MD Jacques Allers warned criminals that action will be taken against all perpetrators under copyright legislation, and, in certain instances, fraud laws.
Images of the bust are posted below.