Police Surrendered To Joburg Foreigners To Avoid Bloody Attacks (Videos)

"We will assert our authority and show ungovernable foreign nationals that there are laws in South Africa and they must be respected," Mazibuko said.

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The Streets Of Johannesburg/Photo File: Twitter

The road fight among police and angered street vendors in the Joburg (Johannesburg) CBD could have finished in a “bloodbath”, police said on Friday.

Provincial police spokesperson  Brigadier Mathapelo Peters said officers “tactically withdrew from an intelligence-driven operation targeting counterfeit goods in the Joburg CBD”.

This after a fierce horde of road sellers pelted and shielded vehicles with containers, blocks, and oil bombs in counter for the strikes.

“Due to the volatility of the situation, the police retreated to avoid a situation where they would be forced to use live ammunition,” Peters said in a statement.

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“Of priority at this point was ensuring that there was no bloodshed or death.”

She said no police officials were harmed, however, two individuals and one paramedic seriously injured.

The provincial commissioner of police in Gauteng, lieutenant general Elias Mawela, said he condemned “the incessant undermining of the authority of the state by these foreign nationals in the Johannesburg CBD”.

“Such lawlessness cannot be allowed to go unpunished,” he said.

Gauteng community safety MEC Faith Mazibuko condemned the attack on law enforcement.

“We can’t co-govern with criminals, especially foreign nationals who want to turn our country into a lawless banana republic.

“We will assert our authority and show ungovernable foreign nationals that there are laws in South Africa and they must be respected,” Mazibuko said.

Gauteng premier David Makhura promised to come down hard on foreigners who attacked police officers.

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Taking to Twitter on Thursday night, Makhura said: “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.”

He said operation Okae Molao, described on its Twitter page as a “campaign led by the Gauteng department of community safety to ensure that Gauteng is a safe and secure province”, would retaliate.

“#OkaeMolao will respond in full force to defend [the] rule of law,” Makhura tweeted.

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