Gauteng police will continue with raids in the Johannesburg CBD as it has been identified as a hot spot area for the manufacture, supply, and sale of counterfeit and illicit goods.
Addressing lawmakers at the Gauteng Provincial Legislature on Wednesday morning, Makhura said the raids which were first conducted a few weeks ago, were not targeting foreign nationals, but were rather aimed at restoring law and order in the city.
“Operations that have been undertaken are aimed at eliminating crime and general
illegality with the aim of restoring law and order and building safer communities,” said Makhura”.
The raids were conducted under, Operation O Kae Molao which has seen civil society, business and residence associations joining hands in the fight against crime in the province.
During the raids, foreign nationals who were undocumented and trading illegally were arrested.
“All businesses must register to trade in a municipality irrespective of their nationality, and must have a license for a specific trade to be allowed to trade in our country,” said Makhura.
Makhura said the influx of undocumented foreign nationals needed to be addressed before it became a crisis.
He further called for the security at South Africa’s ports of entry to be strengthened to better manage and control the flow of immigrants.
“I will be working with the South African Police Service and the Department of Home Affairs to address concerns around poor border security,” added Makhura.