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The Joburg CBD was a bit of a mess today after police and street vendors clashed on Thursday.
According to eNCA, vendors accused the police of harrassing them, as the former conducted a raid for counterfeit goods. Things quickly turned chaotic though, with chief of Johannesburg‘s Metro police David Tembe blaming “foreign nationals” for the riots.
By midday on Thursday, the streets of the country’s economic engine ground to a halt.
Riots in the Joburg CBD. Foreign Nationals attacking police officials. Jeppe Str is closed off at Troye, Delvers & Von Wielligh. @JoburgMPD deployed. Traffic is congested in the InnerCity due to vehicles being diverted. Avoid #JHBTraffic pic.twitter.com/0aaT5ViQCh
— David Tembe (@AsktheChiefJMPD) August 1, 2019
Multiple reports on Twitter, including videos and photographs, painted a messy picture.
Somehow, the scenes in the Johannesburg city centre took most of Thursday to become one of the social network’s most discussed events. Some grabbed their phones and recorded footage of the mayhem.
But why our police are always being outclassed by this hooligans when they conduct crime operations in joburg cbd.i guess its time to ask reinforcement from the army.We cannot allow such nonsense to happen in our country. pic.twitter.com/sesBHn2z63
— Morwa wa ga Lebea (@Thuram23) August 1, 2019
Reporting live pic.twitter.com/AMNqrWIJkl
— Dad. (@BasaneM) August 1, 2019
Economic refugees are trashing Jhb CBD maybe they have become too comfortable I think they have overstayed their welcome. pic.twitter.com/S7kbbxWi7R
— Koena. (@ThabaKoena) August 1, 2019
FOREIGN NATIONALS TRASHING JHB CBD
Confirmed by JMPD police.
When will this stop? Millions in damages that the taxpayers will have to pay for at the end of the day. pic.twitter.com/jW9jsQUDF0
— Boerelegioen (@Boerelegioen2) August 1, 2019
Streets in the Joburg CBD, including Jeppe, Troye, Delvers and Von Wielligh were affected, according to @TrafficSA.
JHB Central – RIOTING: Foreign Nationals attacking police:
AVOID Jeppe, Troye, Delvers and Von Wielligh routes pic.twitter.com/B3yiLI0q2h
— Rob Beezy (@TrafficSA) August 1, 2019
The city’s Rea Vaya rapid bus transport system was also affected.
Police are monitoring the area.