Johannesburg police came under attack while inspecting businesses in the Johannesburg CBD for counterfeit goods on Sunday. 

“Police have deployed additional resources and are monitoring the Johannesburg CBD following an incident this afternoon where a group of people identified as foreign nationals, stormed on police who were on crime prevention duty in the area,” said spokesperson Brigadier Mathapelo Peters.

Brand owners were part of the operation regarding counterfeit goods, and when they got to the Madiba building on the corners of Rahima Moosa (previously Jeppe) and Von Wielligh streets, rocks and other objects rained down on them.

Police vehicles were damaged and barriers were set alight. 


Situation at Jeppe & Delvers Str in the InnerCity is volatile. This is following an earlier operation by the Police confiscating counterfeit goods. The road is barricaded with burning garbage & debris. @JoburgMPD & @SAPoliceService POPS are on scene

— David Tembe (@AsktheChiefJMPD) June 9, 2019

Police fired stun grenades, and tactically withdrew to stabilise the situation given the rapidly growing number of attackers.  

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

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