Johannesburg CBD Volatile After Cops Seize Counterfeit Goods

Police were pelted with rocks and other objects after a raid to seize counterfeit goods in the Johannesburg inner city on Sunday.

Gauteng police spokesperson Brigadier Mathapelo Peters said officers from the SA Police Service (SAPS) and Johannesburg metro police department (JMPD) and brand owners were confiscating counterfeit goods at the Madiba Building on corner Jeppe and Von Wielligh streets when they were attacked.

Peters said police fired rubber bullets to disperse the crowd that grew “rapidly” in number.

“While no law enforcement members sustained injuries‚ an unconfirmed number of police vehicles were damaged and barriers set alight.

“Police will remain on the scene to ensure that no further violence erupts.”

Gauteng police commissioner Lieutenant-General Elias Mawela condemned the incident.

“We cannot allow such lawlessness to go unpunished.”

Vision Tactical units remain on high alert following a volatile few days in the inner city center, all intervention units are mobile and standing off across the city to assist police officials.

– SowetanLive

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