- David Makhura has condemned the violent behaviour of 'foreign nationals' in Joburg's CBD
- The inner city regressed into chaos on Thursday when authorities attempted to confiscate counterfeit goods from traders
- Riled vendors fought back against the raids, with law enforcement officers bombarded with bricks and petrol bombs
Gauteng Premier David Makhura has blasted foreigners who attack law enforcement officers carrying out raids to seize illegal goods in Johannesburg.
Makhura noted that foreign nationals in the CBD has responded to the operation with violence, throwing bricks and even petrol bombs at officers.
The operation descended into a full-scale riot, with multiple roads into the city cordoned off and police resorting to rubber bullets in efforts to disperse the crowd.
This had little effect on the riled crowd, which continued to advance, forcing the police to withdraw in a bid to avoid using 'deadly force'.
Makhura has since vowed to intensify police operations in the city, promising that those responsible for the incident will be taken to task:
“Some foreign nationals who sell counterfeit goods and occupy buildings illegally in the Joburg CBD attacked our police with bottles and petrol bombs. This despicable crime against our state will never be tolerated."
The premier is adamant that that he will not co-govern with foreign nationals who want to turn South Africa into a 'lawless banana republic', reports The South African.
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