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New law gives SAPS more teeth
The new Second Hand Goods Act has given the South African Police Service (SAPS) more teeth.
CAPE TOWN - The new Second Hand Goods Act has given the South African Police Service (SAPS) more teeth.
The law, which regulates the selling and buying of second hand goods came into effect at the end of April.
Western Cape police on Thursday briefed the media on the legislation's powers.
The new law states if a dealer is found in possession of a stolen item, he/she could face an equal offence to the person to having stolen the item in the first place.
Police Colonel Jacques van Lill said second hand goods dealers now have the responsibility to report those who're trying to sell them possible stolen items.
“If we do find property that we feel he cannot account for or is identified as being the property of somebody else, then we’d institute legal proceedings.”
Police and other law enforcement agencies made their first arrests under the new act last week.
They nabbed the co-owners of an Elsies River scrap dealership for being in possession of stolen goods like drain covers, water meters and a railway tracks belonging to Transnet.