Krugersdorpers should stop supporting the city’s illegal traders

Spokesperson for the Traffic Department, Papi Motaung, confiscating a number of illegal CDs found on the streets of Krugersdorp.

The News recently joined Mogale City Traffic Department on an operation in the streets of Krugersdorp in their quest to combat the selling of illegal compact discs (CDs).

Upon investigation it was found that several illegal hawkers were selling illegal goods, something which has become a major trend in the city. CDs top the list of the most sold illegal goods among these hawkers. According to the spokesperson for the Traffic Department, Papi Motaung, it is illegal to sell copied CDs, and no licence can be obtained to do so. The most common ways of selling the CDs are on the pavements and at traffic lights. These sellers sell illegal CDs to the public for a fraction of the retail price of the original.

Selling of copied CDs is against the law – and so is buying them!

The Department told the News that the by-law governing the sale of copied CDs does not require warnings to be issued to illegal traders. Instead, a R500 fine will be issued if illegal sellers are seen in Krugersdorp.

“If we see people selling illegal goods, we will confiscate them and get rid of them,” said Papi.

The copyright laws prohibit any copying, redistributing or re-purposing of any copyright-protected material without the express permission in writing of the CD’s original manufacturer.

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The Department therefore urges the community to not buy any illegal goods from sellers on the streets and to refrain from being part of the illegal trading.

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