The Bumper to Bumper operation raided the streets of Boksburg Central Business District on Tuesday, 12 July between 2pm and 10pm targeting hawkers operating illegally without permits and obstructing pedestrian sidewalks.
The metro police confiscated numerous items of counterfeit clothing and shoes as well as vegetables and fruits when the hawkers fled and left their stocks behind. Albu, Kaap, Commissioner, Eloff and Trichardt Streets were the main focus for the law enforcers.
60 pairs of both men and women shoes, 40 fake hats, 200 handbags, 12 winter jackets, 30 counterfeit back packs and several items of children’s clothing were confiscated. In addition, a variety of cosmetics, fruits and vegetables and rat poison were also seized.
A 28yr old man who claimed to be a friend to one of the hawkers who fled the scene was arrested for interfering with the metro police duties. He was expected to appear in the Boksburg Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, 13 July.
All the seized goods were stored at EMPD Boksburg Precinct. Hawkers wishing to reclaim their goods will have to pay a fine of R200 for obstructing the sidewalks and produce a permit which allows them to ply their trade in the town. The storage fee is R150 per day.
Those reclaiming their goods must take note that highly perishable goods such as fruits and vegetables are disposed of within forty-eight hours if not claimed.
Lieutenant Colonel Wilfred M. Kgasago