Following the previous violent unrest and looting that occurred in South Africa over the past few weeks, with Cyril Ramaphosa urged to resign as the president of the republic and free former president Jacob Zuma.
There has been spotted stirring messages flowing through social media urging people to incite to the violent national shutdown protest whilst the country is still recovering from billions of rands and lives of loved ones lost during the looting.
After KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng provinces became the capital of the viciousness and deadly looting that left our country’s economy low and dry, there has been provocative messages on social media stands informing the citizens about the national shutdown that was bound to happen today with those posters bearing the national party’s logo were conveyed as they were from the African National Congress (ANC) whilst ANC claims to have nothing to do with it and that they will not condone such act.
Mr Sihle Zikalala, the provincial chairperson of the African National Congress has responded directly to the issue and asked the KwaZulu-Natal citizens to calm down, there won’t be any violent shutdown protest.
“some people have reported about the posters that are in the social media saying that on the 23rd there will be a shutdown and we have reported this to law enforcement agency and we believe they are ready for that and we want to assure all people of KwaZulu-Natal that there’s no such thing as shutdown, and we want to ensure them and guarantee their safety that the police and other law enforcement agencies will be all over to protect them. It is a normal working day, and we don’t want to be distracted by anything, says KwaZulu-Natal Premier, Sihle Zikalala.
As the situation is as boiling as it is on social media platforms, the Gauteng Provincial Government released a statement about this shutdown protest and confidently reassured the people of Gauteng that law enforcement agencies are on high alert to guarantee the safety and security of the public amongst threats of a national shutdown.
“I call on the people of Gauteng to work with the police and community policing forums to ensure that no acts of violence and criminality see the light of day in our communities,” says David Makhura, premier of Gauteng. There have been no vicious shutdown protests, just not yet.
— KZN Provincial Gov (@kzngov) August 15, 2021