Cops on high alert and contingency plans in place for potential National shutdown

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The final countdown for the potential National Shutdown has begun, with Newcastillians across the country preparing for Friday, 10 June 2022.

The calls for a national shutdown emanated from posts circulating on social media. One such post stated, “Fuel prices must go down. To achieve this, tax on fuel must go down until further notice. Nobody must go to work, everything must come to a standstill.”

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With a great deal of uncertainty about what to expect on Friday, the National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (NATJOINTS) has put measures in place to ensure the safety and security of South Africans.

SAPS spokesperson Colonel Athlenda Mathe pointed out that the NATJOINTS was fully aware of unsigned messages and posters circulating on various social media platforms calling for a National Shutdown. 

“Those behind these messages are warned and reminded that prohibiting people’s freedom of movement is a criminal offence. Members of the public are therefore cautioned against spreading such messages that seek to mobilize communities to respond to the shutdown,” she affirmed. 

Additionally, Colonel Mathe stressed that the NATJOINTS was calling on all South Africans to work together with law enforcement authorities to uphold and enforce the law.

“Any action aimed at contravening the law, will be dealt with accordingly within the ambit of the law. To this end, the NATJOINTS is calling for the cooperation of the public,” she stressed.

The NATJOINTS met on Wednesday, 8 June 2022, where they were briefed by the Intelligence Coordinating Committee (ICC) on the validity of the call for a National Shutdown. The Intelligence community is now closely monitoring the situation and the associated risks.

Colonel Mathe emphasised, “With this said, law enforcement officers have been deployed and are on high alert to prevent and combat any forms of criminality.”

Furthermore, the respective PROVJOINTS have been directed to ensure multidisciplinary deployments and that the necessary contingency plans are in place. 

“The NATJOINTS assures members of the public that enforcement of the law will be executed within relevant prescripts to ensure stability in the country,” Colonel Mathe concluded.

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