Nearly 600 foreigners were arrested in a police raid on a business district in Johannesburg, South Africa, police and government officials said Thursday. The operation involving immigration officials and customs in the commercial hub on Wednesday was to rid the area of counterfeit businesses and crime, South African Police Service said.”Over 560 undocumented foreign nationals were taken in for processing,” South Africa police said in the statement and added that authorities would check their immigration status and criminal records. The police did not state the nationalities of those arrested in operation. Police said it found unlicensed firearms in a raid called “Operation O Kae Molao” (A Sesotho phrase meaning Operation Where’s the Law?) launched in 2018. Seven policemen, including four officers who were caught selling the confiscated items to traders, were arrested during the raid. South African President calls for prosecution of perpetrators in anti-immigrant violence South African Police Minister Bheki Cele said law enforcement agencies will fight crime no matter who is affected.”We cannot have parallel governance with criminals, therefore we will continue to squeeze the space for criminals to zero regardless of race, gender or nationality,” Cele said. The raid comes barely a week after police officers clashed with traders when they tried to seize counterfeit products in the area. Though many people have commended the police efforts, some said it could spark xenophobic attacks. “Does it matter if violence is caused by locals or foreigners? Crime is crime deal with the criminals but does not steer xenophobia!,” One person wrote on Twitter. South Africa’s parliament home affairs committee chair Bongani Bongo said while immigrants contribute to the country’s growth, illegal immigration should be discouraged. He said that the committee has called for the deportation of illegal immigrants.
- Coronavirus: UN donates medical equipment to Nigeria
- Coronavirus: Pastors are not ordinary people, anyone who assaults a pastor is in danger – Pastor Chris Oyakhilome (video)
- Popular Italian Shoe Designer, Sergio Rossi, Dies Of Coronavirus
- Emmanuel Harrison a Ghanaian footballer dies of Coronavirus in Italy
- Coronavirus: Indian couple name their newborn twin’s babies ‘CORONA’ and ‘COVID’ (Photo)
- Nigerian doctor dies from Coronavirus in the US, to be cremated
- Math teacher helps a student with homework while social distancing on the balcony
- Coronavirus: Nurses and doctors in the US stand on hospital rooftops to pray over patients and families (Photos)
- Source: Eddie Sutton voted into Hall of Fame April 3, 2020Eddie Sutton, one of 10 Division I basketball coaches with 800 or more career wins, will be announced as part of the Class of 2020 for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, a source told ESPN.
- Jazz undergo layoffs amid coronavirus stoppage April 3, 2020Layoffs are underway within the Utah Jazz as part of larger corporate cutbacks amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Larry H. Miller Group, which owns the team, confirmed the layoffs Friday.
- Wolfe rates Ravens' new D-line as 'best' in NFL April 3, 2020Defensive end Derek Wolfe considered it "a no-brainer" to join Calais Campbell and Brandon Williams along the Baltimore Ravens defensive front.
- NBA 2K20 tournament predictions from NBA and esports experts April 3, 2020We polled 18 NBA and esports experts for their first-round and championship picks.
- Judge nixes fantasy players' lawsuit against MLB April 3, 2020While scolding the Astros and Red Sox for "shamelessly" breaking baseball's rules concerning sign stealing, U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff dismissed a class-action lawsuit against MLB by a group of daily fantasy sports contestants.
- Embiid leads charge for medical staff testing April 3, 2020Joel Embiid is joining with 76ers managing partner Josh Harris and co-managing partner David Blitzer on a $1.3 million contribution to fund COVID-19 antibody testing for 1,000 health care workers in the region.
- Giannis not playing basketball; no 'access to hoop' April 3, 2020The reigning MVP said he doesn't have a court at his house like many other NBA players do, so he can't play basketball while he's stuck at home.
- The #OpenDoorChallenge is an addictive new way to watch sports right now April 3, 2020The #OpenDoorChallenge will fulfill the sports void in your life right now.
- An inside look at the VALORANT bootcamp April 3, 2020Here's what it was like to be a part of the most ambitious crossover event in esports history.
- VALORANT makes a strong first impression April 3, 2020Ahead of its closed beta release day, ESPN got some time to test out VALORANT. Here's what we thought of the game.