Forging DStv trademark backfires

Victor Maphosa Herald Reporter
Advertising products with a forged DStv trademark has backfired for a 21-year-old Harare woman who was yesterday fined $100. Rumbidzai Evelyn Sibanda was convicted by Harare magistrate Ms Tildah Mazhandu after the State successfully proved its case. Sibanda was given up to November 17 this year to pay the fine or face 30 days in prison.

DStv was represented by Pardon Matikiti, the company’s risk manager. Prosecutor Shumirai Nhira proved that Sibanda and her colleagues, who have since appeared in court on the same charge, contravened Section 85(1)(a) of the Trademark Act (Chapter 26:05), which prohibits “performing a service to which a forged registered trademark is applied”.

It is the State’s case that on October 23 this year, members of the Zimbabwe Republic Police and Matikiti received information that Sibanda was selling products masquerading as a DStv agent. Police from the licence inspectorate and CID Studios proceeded to 75 Charter Road where Sibanda operates from, and conducted a search. During the search, police discovered that Sibanda was selling MultiChoice decoders and registering them with MultiChoice South Africa using addresses in South Africa when, in fact, the customers were in Zimbabwe.

It was also discovered that Sibanda was advertising the same products with a forged DStv trademark, thereby deceiving customers that she was a registered MultiChoice agent. Police seized 19 DStv decoders during the search.

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  • Kwese

    At the end of the day it was DSTV benefiting. They did not look at the bigger picture, although hiding by Trademark blabla. why are Zimbabweans prefering to register in southafrica instead of Zim. They are fleecing us zimbabweans here.

    • - mara

      dstv South Africa not Zimbabwe so the Zimbabwean guys wont get paid if the monies go to dstv SA

  • - mara

    yes I concur with you but what I’m saying is Dstv zimbabwe is losing to Dstv SA which is the main branch so the Zimbabwean counterparts will have less Sales and profits which will lead to workers losing jobs here in Zim coz of low business which is what Dstv Zim is fighting