The IFP is disturbed by the reports that police officers were attacked by a mob of foreign shop owners in the Johannesburg CBD this week while conducting a raid in the area, following information about counterfeits goods.
We are shocked and outraged at the attitude of the unruly group of traders who believe that they are above reproach and can thus run amok without ramifications for their absurd conduct.
We therefore condemn this barbarism and flagrant violation of the law in the strongest terms possible. We must never allow any senseless attack on our brave men and women who work so hard to make our cities safe and keep any form of criminality off our streets.
We must uproot any form of anarchy that seeks to belittle the rules and laws of our country that tells us what we can do and can’t do. This is because an attack on the police or law enforcers is, in fact, also an attack on the people of the province and an attack on the state.
The IFP urges the Gauteng Department of Community Safety to work closely with police to make sure that those involved are identified and brought to book.
It is imperative that we deal decisively with those who are hell-bent on making our city ungovernable and thus turning it into a banana republic.
The government must never allow itself to co-govern with criminals but assert its powers to ensure that no one including civilians of foreign descent gets away with abusing those constitutionally mandated to maintain law and order.
Bonginkosi Dhlamini MPL
IFP Provincial Chairperson
082 565 3571