JOHANNESBURG: Some protests flared up in different areas of the country on Monday as the countrywide shutdown of the Economic Freedom Fighter (EFF) started.
Students in Braamfontein in Johannesburg protested on Sunday, but the police responded and dispersed them with a few arrests.
In Johannesburg, there used to be a lot of security in place, with the police cars stationed at various corners of the city.
In Soweto, protestors lit fires in the streets. There were also little signs of disruptions caused by remote incidents.
PRETORIA: However, Pretoria used to be peaceful.
In Marabastad, the pink berets were not always visible. This is despite it being regarded as a prominent location in the capital city.
The taxis operating in South Africa were considered to be running as normal. They were guarded by the National Taxi Council.
Even though there were no participants from the Economic Freedom Fighter Movement (EFF) at the scene, the debris and particles on the avenue near the Tshwane market should be considered.
The police were maintaining a presence in the area to prevent looting.
The members of the Tshwane branch of the Economic Freedom Fighter Movement were expected to march to the Union Buildings in Marabastad.
O.R. TAMBO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT: Although the pink beret that’s customary at OR Tambo International Airport is referred to as for something to do to cease, the organization noted that it’s business as usual. The roadway leading to the airport was closed for arrivals and drop-offs.
As a safety measure during the countrywide shutdown, this measure was implemented on Sunday nights.
The vehicles used by diplomats, emergency offerings, and regulation enforcers were being separated from one another on designated routes.
The airport at O.R Tambo used to have a heavy police presence. These officers were assigned to enforce the regulations at the airport.
The members of the National Defence Force were also seen with their armored vehicles.
According to the officers interviewed by Eyewitness News, there have been no reported incidents. They were also keeping an eye on the situation.
Due to the increased police presence at the airport, operations were temporarily slowed down. However, the workers noted that they expected more people to visit the site as the day progressed.
This week, the company that manages the country’s major airports said that all of them would operate normally.
Gopolang Peme, a spokesperson for the Airports Company of South Africa, said that the company took all necessary measures to ensure the safety of its employees and passengers.
CAPE TOWN: There have been isolated incidents in Cape Town, A group of protestors had assembled in Woodstock, but the police dispersed them.
A group of people was gathered in Borcherds quarry when they were pushed by the police toward Nyanga.
A staff member of South Africa’s Broadcasting Corporation was injured while on the job.
During the Parklands protests, a small group tried to intimidate gas station employees. An activist from the Electronic Freedom Foundation was also arrested.
According to Alan Winde, the Premier of the Western Cape, monetary freedom cannot be achieved if there is an interruption in financial activities.
The Freedom Front Plus had previously been allowed to march to Parliament from the East City precinct.
While he respected the freedom of speech and expression of the Electronic Freedom Foundation, Winde stated that their actions must stop infringing on the rights of others.
Addressing the protesters, Winde stated that the government is committed to defending the rights of citizens to freedom of speech and expression. He also said that preserving the country’s economic system is a vital part of the government’s strategy.
According to Ramaphosa, the safety cluster had no more exaggerated response to the shutdown of the country by the Economic Freedom Fighter.
According to Vincent Magwenya, the presidential spokesperson, the various regulation enforcement agencies took the necessary steps to ensure that the protest on Monday was secure.
There have been instances of looting and violence against businesses. They need to go back to business as usual.
In response to the threats that were made against the country, the protection forces were instructed to do their best to ensure that the protests do not occur.
The DA also went to court in an attempt to get the Economic Freedom Fighter to stop its activities.
According to the celebration, it used to be about protesting load shedding, and it was also annoying that Ramaphosa would resign.
The DA was not convinced.
The Western Cape High Court ruled on Friday that there should be an interdict against anyone who would try to incite or participate in any form of looting, vandalism, or disruption of monetary transactions.
The Johannesburg High Court ruled that the Economic Freedom Fighter was not allowed to violate the rights of South Africans. It also ordered them to stop using violence, intimidation, and coercion.
The court ruled that the countryside shutdown of the Economic Freedom Fighter was unlawful.