How to Avoid Buying Second- Hand Stolen Goods
The second-hand goods market has been flourishing in South Africa since statistics have shown a decline in the real net wealth of South Africans.
BUT BEWARE - If you are found in possession of stolen goods you will be charged.
DataDot microdots can assist in meeting legal obligations important in the second-hand market and prevent you as the buyer being charged as an accomplice or a thief if you are found in possession of suspected stolen goods. Microdots are a “distinguishing mark or feature” on a motor vehicle, on scrap metal or any other second-hand item whether purchased through an auctioneer or a second-hand dealer.
In terms of the Act you may want to keep the following in mind:
- A dealer "must keep a register in the prescribed form and record in the register the prescribed particulars regarding every acquisition or disposal of second-hand goods.”
- The particulars must include “a description of the second-hand goods and serial number or distinguishing mark or feature of the second-hand goods”
- A motor vehicle dealer “dealing in second-hand motor vehicles must also record in the prescribed register the particulars regarding every acquisition or disposal of a motor vehicle”
- The particulars are to “include any distinguishing mark or feature, such as microdot particulars.”
- A dealer "dealing in second-hand communication equipment must also record in the prescribed register the particulars regrading every acquisition or disposal of communication equipment”
- The particulars are to include “any other distinguishing mark or feature, including serial number.”
So remember …..
- Second-hand dealers are required by law to keep proper records of the goods in their possession.
- When purchasing second-hand goods members of the public have the right to verify that the goods are not stolen.
- If you are found in possession of stolen goods you will be charged.
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