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Fake imports cripple SA's clothing sector

Minister Ebrahim Patel says fake imports continue to cripple the clothing and textile industry in SA.

Minister Ebrahim Patel says fake imports continue to cripple the clothing and textile industry in SA. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel said fake imports continues to cripple South Africa's clothing and textile industry.

The minister addressed workers at the Levi Strauss factory in Epping on Wednesday.

Patel said there had been a massive crackdown on counterfeit clothing entering the country over the last three years.

To date, R1,8 billion worth of counterfeit goods have been confiscated, with most of the items from Asia.

The minister said government was determined to stop this practice.

"We will employ more officials to inspect clothing, to ensure that they are properly imported. We prefer, of course, that they are locally made but we are not going to accept that the law is broken."

He said this ultimately had an impact on jobs within the sector.