Johannesburg - Police retreated from attackers in the Johannesburg central business district on Thursday morning to avoid "bloodshed", they have said.
According to a joint statement issued by the offices of the Gauteng police commissioner and community safety MEC, members of various law enforcement agencies and brand owners "tactically withdrew from an intelligence-driven operation targeting counterfeit goods in the Joburg CBD".
"This came after a violent crowd of foreign nationals attacked police with objects including bricks and petrol bombs," read the statement.
Due to the volatility of events, police retreated to avoid a situation where they would be forced to use live ammunition. Of priority at this point was ensuring that there was no bloodshed or death, according to the statement.
No law enforcement members sustained injuries, while two of the brand owners and one paramedic sustained serious injuries.