Despite the EFF’s attempt to recruit participants for the National Shutdown on Monday, law enforcement agencies in Newcastle and its surroundings ensured that protest action did not negatively impact residents.
The political party marched in the CBD and outside the Newcastle Mall on Sunday afternoon but remained peaceful thanks to the efforts of law enforcement.
Since then, law enforcement has remained vigilant, monitoring hotspots in and around the town. Although some community members attempted to blockade certain roads in Osizweni and Madadeni, they were dispersed by the Public Order Policing Unit.
In the Industrial Area, protesters threw rocks on the road at about 4 am, but law enforcement and security companies worked to clear the area and maintain safety.
Despite the disruptions caused by the protests, taxi drivers continue to transport their clients while buses have reportedly suspended their services until the threat is over.
Ismaeel Dhaleech, the chairperson of the Newcastle Community Policing Forum (CPF), confirmed that no incidents had occurred in Newcastle as of yet. The SAPS and Newcastle CPF will continue monitoring the situation and informing residents of any changes.
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