National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (NatJOINTS) has issued a statement regarding planned protests .
This protest are set to be joined by President Jacob Zuma supporters who will be demanding the resignation of president Cyril Ramaphosa, However the ANC in KZN has warned the usage of its banner of this protests .
The ANC is calling for it’s members who will be part of this violent strike to be arrested by law enforcement agencies .
The statement suggests that Law Enforcement Agencies are on high alert and have through the National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (NatJOINTS), put measures in place to ensure the safety and security of South Africans amidst threats of a "National Shutdown" on 23 August 2021.
“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. Members of the public are cautioned against spreading such divisive messages” NatJoints said in a statement.
Equally, a different set of messages is also doing the rounds where people are mobilising to respond to the supposed shutdown.
NatJOINTS IS urging public not to respond to calls for violence and criminality, from participating in activities that seek to defy the rule of law and undermine the authority of the State.
NatJoints said they are calling on Community Police Forums and related sub-forums to work with the police as they usually do, and to mobilise the community against any form of lawlessness.
NatJoints has reassured the Nation that they are not taking the 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” NatJOINTS said in a statement
The NatJOINTS has also reminded 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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