Foreign nationals riot after police attempt to confiscate counterfeit products

Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba said he was devastated to hear that no arrests have been made following the riots which happened in the streets of Johannesburg CBD on Thursday where a group of shop owners vandalised three police vehicles.

Mashaba said in a Tweet that it was a blatant disregard for the law and he expected the criminals to be behind bars.

According to News24, chaos hit Johannesburg streets when police conducted a raid on shops in Jeppe Street who were allegedly selling counterfeit products.

The joint operation between the SAPS and JMPD spiralled out when shop owners retaliated after police attempted to confiscate the goods. The vendors chased the officials down the street, throwing stones at them.

Videos which appeared on social media platforms show the crowd shouting as they run down the street, throwing stones and petrol bombs at a police Nyala vehicle and law enforcement officers.

Many roads had to be closed due to the full-scale riot which occurred.

Police spokesperson Xoli Mbele said that the fake goods were brands such as Nike, Puma and Adidas.

Rubber bullets were used to disburse the crowd of foreign nationals but no injuries were reported and no arrests had been made.

The ANC and Gauteng Premier, David Makhura have condemned the attack and stated that such lawlessness will not go unpunished.  Police are investigating a case of malicious damage to property.