Gauteng police arrest almost 600 in raid

Police are back in the Johannesburg CBD conducting raids on vendors selling alleged fake goods. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng police have arrested almost 600 people during their Okae Molao raid.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura said on Twitter that over 600 foreign nationals have been detained for verification of their immigration status.

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Police said 568 people were arrested on charges ranging from assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm to business robbery.

The SAPS and Makhura stated the operation will be continuing in other cities and CBDs on a regular basis.

Gauteng Police Commissioner Elias Mawela said the crackdown on counterfeit goods will continue in other areas of the province.

In the West Rand, 35 arrests were made for mostly common robbery, armed robbery and rape.

Tshwane counted 148 arrests, many for common robbery, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, business robbery and hijacking.

In Johannesburg, 192 arrests were lodged with the majority of the arrests for assault.

The South African Informal Traders Alliance has accused the police of being in cahoots with people selling counterfeit goods.

The industry is believed to be one of the most lucrative underground businesses globally.

Jerry Tlhopane from the organisation said "the very law enforcement officers are put on the role game."