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Police on high alert amid reports of planned nationwide closures – SABC News

Municipality eThekwini says Durban Metro Police are on high alert following reports of a planned shutdown on Friday. All members have been placed on standby to take action against unlawful conduct.

Social media posts are doing the rounds saying there will be a nationwide shutdown or a strike. However, the South African National Taxi Council in KwaZulu-Natal has confirmed it will not participate in a shutdown or taxi strike recent fuel price increase.

Community spokesman Msawakhe Mayisela says those who act unlawfully will face the full force of the law.

“Our mayor is very worried that our city is still suffering from the effects of the recent floods. While we are all concerned about the price of gas, shutting down business operations and shutting down the country is counterproductive. It will undo any gains we have made following the disruptions related to COVID-19, the July riots and the recent floods. The law will do its thing if anyone disregards it.”

National Taxi Alliance spokesman Theo Malele says the government should scrap fuel taxes:

The Johannesburg Metro Police Department also say they will be on high alert.

“Police are on high alert for disturbance or disruption for the possibility of slow motorcades and disturbance of public property. We cannot exclude criminal elements either, as criminals want to take advantage of this situation. The operations carried out in the city are carried out under the auspices of the SAPS, with high police visibility playing an important role in suppressing any threats,” says JMPD spokesman Xolani Fihla.

In the meantime, the city of Cape Town says it has activated its four operational centers to respond to potential violence. JP Smith, a member of the mayor’s safety and security committee, says they have taken emergency measures to contain the threat of unrest.

He says officials have compiled a list of potential targets and will ensure regular patrols are held in hotspot areas.

According to Smith, law enforcement agencies have also designed integrated action plans in areas that could be affected. He says they will work closely with the police to maintain order should the need arise. -Additional reporting by Sashin Naidoo

Police on high alert amid reports of planned nationwide closures – SABC News

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