Johannesburg - A huge police raid for counterfeit goods in downtown Johannesburg on Wednesday uncovered an arms cache that included AK47 and other assault rifles.
The raid came after last week’s failed attempt to tackle brazen counterfeit vendors. Members of the Johannesburg Metro Police were seen withdrawing in haste under a hail of stones. They ran into their armoured vehicle and left the scene.
Videos of the police running away from vendors - many of them foreign nationals - caused a massive outcry from the public and various political parties.
However, on Wednesday morning, armed police in their numbers surrounded several parts of the city centre, where they searched for and seized counterfeit goods from buildings.
Some of the shops were locked but police broke down the doors and removed counterfeit goods. In one shop they found seven weapons and ammunition.