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By unknown | Nov 23, 2006 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Gershwin Chuenyane

Gershwin Chuenyane

A sharp-eyed Durban customs official has saved South Africa's top football clubs, Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs, more than R1,2million.

The two giants of local soccer were yesterday handed 15000 imported caps bearing their logos for them to be destroyed. The counterfeit caps would have sold for R80 each. They were manufactured in China and imported by Xin Hong Ji Import and Export through Durban harbour on November 9.

The container was recently intercepted by customs inspector, Belinda Pather, who seized the goods in terms of the Counterfeit Goods Act.

Pirates and Chiefs went to the Pretoria high court to sue the import and export company, and the clearing agent, M&F Shipping, for ripping off their brands.

The court ordered the confiscation and destruction of the fakes and reprimanded the import, export company after an out-of-court settlement was reached. Xin Hong Ji made an undertaking to never again import counterfeit goods, particularly those bearing the logos of Pirates and Chiefs.

Marilyn Krige, the teams' lawyer said counterfeiting local brands of the country's two big clubs wasn't good for the 2010 World Cup.

Kaizer Chiefs' brand manager, Dara Carroll, said Chiefs loses about R6million a season in counterfeit goods.

Both football teams said the fight against counterfeit goods cost them a lot. Chiefs spent R500000 and Orlando Pirates about R400000 in the fight against the illegal sale of the fakes this season.


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