There are unconfirmed reports that the national lockdown has already begun in parts of South Africa.
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According to posts on social media, there is a protest in East London.
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Meanwhile, in Gqeberha, a convoy of vehicles with EFF protesters has been seen.
In Johannesburg, Lenasia, on Abu Asvat Drive, tires on the road have caught fire.
The fire has been extinguished and the tires have been removed from the road.
A PROTEST HAS BEEN REGISTERED IN EAST LONDON
In KwaZulu-Natal, EFF protesters have been seen moving in groups near Oslo beach.
Police were still unable to confirm these reports as of Sunday night.
Meanwhile, President Cyril Ramaphosa has deployed 3,474 SANDF members across the country ahead of the planned national lockdown.
THESE 3,474 SOLDIERS WILL BE IN PLACE UNTIL NEXT MONTH
These soldiers will work with SAPS to prevent crime and preserve law and order.
The implementation will cost more than R166 million and will run until April 17, 2023.
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) said on Sunday night that they reject the deployment.
DEPLOYMENT IS SET AT COSTS ABOVE R166M
“Dictator Cyril Ramaphosa has deployed 3,474 SANDF members to suppress peaceful protests against his failed presidency and crush calls for his resignation. This act demonstrates the bloodthirsty nature of the current government and the ruling party’s intolerance of dissent and opposition.”
Furthermore, he said that South Africa has degenerated into a military state and the deployment of the army to suppress the constitutional right to protest means they have returned to the dark days of apartheid.
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THE EFF REJECTED THE DEPLOYMENT
“The current deployment of the military and law enforcement agencies has surpassed that of the apartheid regime in the 1980s during the state of emergency, which means that Ramaphosa has declared war on the people of South Africa.”
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EFF leader Julius Malema said there would be no starting point or end to the demonstration.
- Clinics and hospitals will be accessible
- No starting or ending point
- This is a protest, NOT a march.
- Permission for National Strike was not granted
- Shops warned NOT to open on Monday.
- Non-violence pledges -‘This is a peaceful protest.’
- various sectors of society, including SANTACOthe National Taxi Association, the local Taxi Association, the Road Freight Transport Association and organized structures within the communities have rejected the call for closure.
- All government services will be available as normal.
- Law enforcement officers will be in their numbers
- PUTCO bus services are suspended for Monday.
- Roads will be empty and strategic routes leading to Midrand and Sandton will be CLOSED on Monday.
- SANDF elements will be deployed under “Operation PROSPER” from March 17 to April 17, 2023.
- Security will also be tightened at all South African ports of entry to ensure travel in and out of the country is not disrupted.
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“The fighters, wherever they are, will just come together and protest. It’s that simple, it has no transportation or route. Just as they protest in their communities, so they will protest that day. It is a protest, not a march. It has no formula.
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“If Union Buildings is such a hub, then we will meet there. The branch of the EFF in that area must make sure that they undertake an activity that shows that they must be heard”.
THESE ROADS HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED AS PROHIBITED ZONES SO FAR:
The EFF identified these roads so far as no-go zones on Monday:
- Midrand leaves N1, to New Road, Allandale,
- N3, will close,
- Grayston Drive, Marlboro,
- Jan Smut Avenue, Empire Road
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Call on hundreds of EFF members, citizens and other organizations next week to demand an end to the cargo shedding and the resignation of President Cyril Ramaphosa.
THE POLICE ARE ON HIGH ALERT
police spokesman Athlenda Mathe said the national joint intelligence and operational structure is on high alert for any sign of unrest on the day of the planned EFF protest.
“We will not tolerate any lawlessness or any criminal act if people are found to be looting, if people are found to be diverting any property, whether it is private property or public property. They will be treated accordingly within the scope of the law.”
Police spokeswoman Athlenda Mathe
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