Police have vowed to continue clamping down on illegal trading in the Johannesburg CBD despite Thursday’s violent attack on them by a group of people.
Police vehicles were pelted with stones as they tried to evict illegal vendors from a congested area in town.
Street vendors in the Johannesburg CBD have accused the police of terrorising them, while conducting raids to seize counterfeit goods.
In a video that has been circulating on social media, a police nyala is seen reversing from the scene as rocks are hurled at the vehicle, before driving away. Four police vehicles were damaged.
Police spokesperson, Kay Makhubele, says those who were responsible for the attack will face the full might of the law.
“We are investigating a case of public violence. So far, we want to urge the community members there that police will not stop to do their work. We will continue and make sure that those who are responsible are arrested. We are going to make sure we enforce the law.”
Riots in the Joburg CBD. Foreign Nationals attacking police officials. Jeppe Str is closed off at Troye, Delvers & Von Wielligh. JoburgMPD deployed. Traffic is congested in the InnerCity due to vehicles being diverted. Avoid #JHBTraffic pic.twitter.com/S838lBseZz
— Gloria Mbomvu (@Maglotunka) August 1, 2019
The City of Johannesburg says it will not tolerate unnecessary violent protests. City of Johannesburg MMC for Public Safety Michael Sun, says they don’t condone criminal activity and criminals posing as protesters.
“The operation turned bad. The violence sparked up and the Metro police had to back up SAPS to ensure that they contain the situation. This is not the first time. Every time the police carried out the operation targeting counterfeit goods, these traders would come up in numbers. Rocks, bricks and other objects would be thrown at the police. We certainly don’t tolerate this criminality. People must be arrested and face the full might of the law.”
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