Mashaba 'deeply hurt' after zero arrests in violent Joburg protests

Mashaba 'deeply hurt' after zero arrests in violent Joburg protests

Joburg Mayor Herman Mashabe revealed that he was 'deeply hurt' after no arrests were made after shop owners vandalised police vehicles. Raid on counterfeit products had seen riots in the city's centre.

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Democratic Alliance Mayor Herman Mashaba has blasted the lack of arrests in yesterday's riots in Johannesburg:

"I am deeply hurt and devastated to wake up this morning to learn that not a single criminal is arrested after the blatant disregard of our country’s laws yesterday in the Inner City." reported that police raids in the city's CBD had prompted a violent response from shop owners, resulting in the officers coming under attack.

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Mashaba feels that the situation should have been handled differently, saying that he had expected the city to be 'closed off', with all criminals behind bars.

Police in the area are investigation malicious damage to property after three police vehicles were vandalised.

Police spokesperson for the inner city, Xoli Mbele, explained that rubber bullets had been used to disperse the crowd that had formed in protest to the raids on 'fake' versions of brands such as Adidas, Nike and others, reports News24.

When the rubber bullets had failed to defuse the situation, law enforcement had opted to withdraw from the area instead of resorting to 'deadly force'.

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