Law Enforcement Ready After Threats of National Shutdown

Officials are on high alert in some provinces after rumours of a national shutdown made waves on social platforms. Read further for more details.

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The Police Ministry Spokesperson, Lirandzu Themba, has taken to social platforms informing the citizens that, the law enforcement officers are ready to maintain order if a national shutdown unfolds.

The NatJOINTS is aware of inflammatory messages on various social media platforms advocating for violence. Those behind these messages are warned that inciting violence is a criminal offence.

The national shutdown rumours were reported to be influenced by several incidents which happened under the current leadership.

A number of social media posts has shown frustration against the current leadership of government, some even calling for the removal of the country’s president, Cyril Ramaphosa.

Also, in solidarity with the officials calls to be on alert for a national shutdown, the information resource centre released a statement reminding people of the alert lockdown rules.

However, the country is yet to see any signs of demonstrations in the streets related to the national shutdown.

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF), in unity with the South African Police Services, have also demonstrated readiness on its social platforms, mobilising its crime fighting units.

Gauteng joined the alert call and readiness action as they released a statement on its social platforms warning the perpetrators.

The Premier of Gauteng urged the people to abide by the law and report any suspicious activity to the police.   

Ever since the looting unrest which saw many businesses destroyed in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng Province, South Africa has been unstable. This includes followed up arrests of alleged instigators of the looting unrest.

The recent arrest connected to the looting unrest was the fFeesMustFall activist, Bonginkosi Khanyile, which is also believed to be one of the reasons for the national shutdown threat.

Author and activist, Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh, has also weighed in on social media to explain the reasons for the unrest. He said the ongoing instability is by those who represent particular factions within the ruling party.  

He added that the political actors have no interest in developing the country and serve its people, but their intentions is to use innocent citizens to fight their factional battles.

The law enforcement agencies were highly criticised when the looting unrest uncontrollable unfolded destroying businesses on their watch, they have however now demonstrated readiness amid the National shutdown rumours.

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