Police were attacked after a law enforcement operation to seize counterfeit goods in the Johannesburg inner city this past weekend. The area was barricaded with burning garbage and debris.
According to TimesLive, Gauteng police spokesperson Brig Mathapelo Peters said the SAPS, the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) and brand owners were confiscating counterfeit goods on the corner of Jeppe and Von Wielligh streets when they were attacked.
Peters added that the police fired rubber bullets to disperse the growing crowd.
Fortunately, no police personnel were injured but several law enforcement vehicles were damaged.
"Police will remain on the scene to ensure that no further violence erupts."
Gauteng police commissioner Lt-Gen Elias Mawela condemned the incident and said that the law-breakers would be punished.
Social media users were not impressed with how the situation was unfolding. Twitter user Wandile Thato said:
"Our own law enforcement has failed us, these people won't have respect because they bribe our @SAPoliceService @AsktheChiefJMPD that's why they react in such a way. They are not scared of our laws any more. THEY MUST GO BACK TO THEIR OWN COUNTRIES."
While MashoodoZ said:
"Those people are not South Africans and they're disrespecting our law enforcement units... which other country allow such nonsense?"
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