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At least 600 foreign nationals were arrested by police on Wednesday, South African media reports.

In the targeted search operation carried out in the main city, Johannesburg, police also confiscated firearms and a “large consignment” of counterfeit goods in various buildings.

David Makhura, premier of the Gauteng province which surrounds Johannesburg, tweeted that the operation is a part of a clean-up operation:

He said the authorities were happy with the number of suspects arrested, according to South African newspaper the Citizen.

“The main issue have [sic] been with people who are driving taxis without licences and these taxis are not supposed to be on our roads,” the paper quotes the premier as saying.

The operation, known as O Kae Molao, is trending on social media, where some people raised concerns that it might encourage xenophobia

David Makhura@David_Makhura

Some foreign nationals who sell counterfeit goods and occupy buildings illegally in the Joburg CBD attacked our police with bottles and petrol bombs. This despicable crime against our state will never be tolerated. will respond in full force to defend rule of law

Mpiwa@mpiwajs

Quick question was Home Affairs present to verify that every black person who lives in Joburg CBC is a foreigner? This assumption that every black person in the CBD is an illegal foreigner is irresponsible!

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David Makhura@David_Makhura

Some foreign nationals who sell counterfeit goods and occupy buildings illegally in the Joburg CBD attacked our police with bottles and petrol bombs. This despicable crime against our state will never be tolerated. will respond in full force to defend rule of law

Dr J. Tsedudzayi@tsedudzayi

Does it matter if violence is caused by locals or foreigners? Crime is crime deal with the criminals but do not steer xenophobia!

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David Makhura@David_Makhura

Some foreign nationals who sell counterfeit goods and occupy buildings illegally in the Joburg CBD attacked our police with bottles and petrol bombs. This despicable crime against our state will never be tolerated. will respond in full force to defend rule of law

Baba KaThando✌️🙏♥️✊@IAM_A_FREE_MAN

How did you come to this conclusion that it’s only foreign nationals who took part in this? 🤔

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