The alarming increase in counterfeiting activities on the continent has resulted in our anti-counterfeiting team becoming more involved with local law enforcement agencies in combating counterfeiting in several African countries – through training and joint operations. In February 2017, Adams & Adams Partner, Charl Potgieter conducted customs training in Gaborone with members of the Botswana Police Detectives Unit.
The Deputy Commissioner of the Criminal Investigations Division (CID), Botswana Police was also present during the training.
Additional training was then conducted in July with other Police units from Gaborone, Lobatse and Francistown. The training was followed by search and seizure operations at various trading plazas around the Gaborone industrial district.
A large quantity of footwear and clothing was delivered up for destruction. The infringers were arrested and paid admission-of-guilt fines to the State.