JMPD officers raid Parkhurst restaurants

Residents and business owners claim JMPD officers bullied and intimidated them during a raid

File: Parkhurst residents and business owners claim JMPD officers bullied and intimidated them during a raid. Picture: SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - Parkhurst residents and restaurant owners on Thursday said they were outraged by an operation conducted by the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) officers.

The raid took place during lunch time on Thursday.

JMPD claims it was merely enforcing by-laws by clearing pavements and inspecting various establishments along 4th Avenue.

But those affected said the officers acted like bullies and should rather focus on fighting crime.

Nice on 4th owner Carla Edgar said it was not a routine raid.

"It really is ridiculous to have 25 big, burly, JMPD officers all screaming at you at once."

She said it was a clear exercise of "bullying and intimidation".

Espresso owner Nico Hinis said the "harassment" by officers was bad for business.

"It was very intimidating, even for our customers. They all got up and left."

The JMPD denies claims that officers harassed patrons.