He was commenting on the video of the incident that went viral on social media.
WATCH: Police assaulted while patrolling in Sunnyside
Police have confirmed that the video doing the rounds on social media to which its members were attacked in Sunnyside is valid. They are investigating the incident. WARNING: Video may contain graphic material. pic.twitter.com/ASnG5SCGgI
— SABC News Online (@SABCNewsOnline) April 6, 2019
Mantashe says an attack on any law enforcement agent is an attack on the state. He has pleaded with South Africans to protect their country without being xenophobic.
Mantashe has also called on all foreign nationals, regardless of their status, to respect South African laws.
“I watched a clip where people of foreign national (sic) are attacking a policeman. If this thing continues our police officers will just get assaulted by anybody. We will collapse the state. We will not have the state.”
Police say a foreign national has been arrested for leading the vicious attack on the police officer.
Gauteng Police Spokesperson Lungelo Dlamini says the suspect was shot in the leg and he is currently in hospital under police guard.
He will appear in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court soon.
Dlamini says more arrests are imminent as the preliminary investigation shows that the suspect did not act alone.