Foreigners arested in Johannesburg
Reports coming from South Africa indicate that criminals at Johannesburg CBD have now decided to shoot at the police confiscating fake goods.
Currently 30 foreigners are in police custody.
#BuyaMthetho Intensified— David Tembe (@AsktheChiefJMPD) August 7, 2019
Search & Cordon joint operation in the InnerCity by @JoburgMPD @SAPoliceService @GTP_Traffstats & Customs Brand Holders. Rahima Moosa(Jeppe)/Von Wielligh Str & Elloff & Pritchard Str closed off.
Collaboration is key in maintaining the #RuleofLaw. pic.twitter.com/BJUp7vNGe6
Minister of Small Business Development Khumbudzo Ntshavheni called last week's confrontation with police by informal traders in the Johannesburg Central Business District an act of terrorism but said informal traders' nationalities were not at issue: "We don't have evidence of who was involved and we should not speculate about people's nationalities.
Let's not go into that debate." Nsthavheni said counterfeit goods were smuggled across borders, and tackling this required co-operation with other countries. She said there were also manufacturers in Johannesburg, and that Johannesburg police intelligence had identified the manufacturers.
"They just need to go and act," said Ntshavheni.