Security forces put on high alert amid threats of a ‘national shutdown’

Security forces put on high alert amid threats of a ‘national shutdown’

The National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (Nat JOINTS) says measures have been put in place to ensure the safety and security of the country amid threats of a national shutdown on Monday.

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A month ago, KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng were rocked when violence, looting, and large-scale destruction of property and infrastructure erupted following the arrest of former president Jacob Zuma for contempt of court.

More than 300 people died during the week-long violence and looting, which President Cyril Ramaphosa described as an insurrection.

National Police spokesperson Mathapelo Peters says 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 offense. Members of the public are cautioned against spreading such divisive messages. Equally, a different set of messages is also doing the rounds where people are mobilizing to respond to the supposed shutdown," says Peters.

Peters urged the public not to respond to calls for violence and criminality.

“And are thus discouraged from participating in activities that seek to defy the rule of law and undermine the authority of the State. We are calling on Community Police Forums and related sub-forums to work with the police as they usually do, and to mobilize the community against any form of lawlessness,” adds Peters.

She assured the nations that the threats are not taken lightly.

“Law-abiding citizens should be at ease knowing that the NatJOINTS is not taking these threats lightly. Security forces are on high alert and ready to maintain stability in the country and ensure the safety and security of South Africans.

“The NatJOINTS reminds the public that South Africa is still on Adjusted Alert Level 3 Lockdown, and calls for maximum adherence to the Regulations and Covid-19 health protocols. Currently, outdoor gatherings are limited to 100 persons,”


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