Cops bust suspected counterfeits manufacturing ring in Bellville

Officers found fake currency notes from a number of countries, fake passports and university degrees.

FILE: Three people were arrested in the bust. Picture: SAPS.

CAPE TOWN - Cape Town metro police and the South African Police Services have busted a suspected counterfeits manufacturing ring in Bellville.

Authorities raided the premises after coming across it by chance in the Bellville CBD this week.

They had received complaints about people advertising illegal abortions in Voortrekker Road.

Officers found fake currency notes from a number of countries, fake passports and asylum permits as well as illegal vehicle registration papers.

The City of Cape Town's JP Smith says police also confiscated a number of industrial printers and laptops.

"Fake license documents, vehicle registration disks, university and college degrees mainly from the University of the Western Cape and thousands of fake driver's licenses. Two men aged between 40 and 45 and a 41-year-old woman were arrested on charges of fraud and forgery and possession of suspected stolen property."