As South Africans prepare for the Economic Freedom Fighters’ (EFF) planned national shutdown on Monday, Cape Town’s integrated law enforcement agencies have been placed on high alert.
Tactical Deployments in Place
The integrated forces comprise members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), South African Police Service (SAPS) units, metro police, law enforcement officials from various municipalities, traffic services, and private security officials.
According to Western Cape Police Commissioner Lieutenant General Thembisile Patekile, police officials on foot, horseback, in vehicles and on motorcycles, with air support at strategic positions, are on standby to respond promptly and appropriately to incidents of lawlessness.
He added that the deployments would be enhanced using the integrated CCTV camera systems and other cutting-edge technology.
Respect for the Rule of Law
Organisers and participants of the planned activities have been asked to respect the rule of law because law enforcement will not hesitate to take strong action against people who infringe upon the rights of others.
Detective Contingent for Reported Cases
“A dedicated contingent of detectives from the South African Police Service will be on hand to investigate reported cases,” Patekile said.
Public Transportation to Continue
The Minister of Mobility in the Western Cape, Ricardo Mackenzie, has assured the public that public transportation operations, including Golden Arrow bus services and Santaco-affiliated taxis, will remain operational in the Western Cape. The South African National Taxi Council confirmed that minibus taxi services would continue to operate on their regular schedules and routes.
Golden Arrow Bus Services has also assured commuters that regular services would resume on Monday in collaboration with safety and security agencies. The South African Passenger Rail Agency (PRASA) has stated that trains will run as scheduled, and security plans are in place to ensure the safety of passengers and staff.
Community members, business owners, drivers, commuters, and any other affected parties who find themselves adversely impacted by the actions of the planned protest are advised to contact the police, the City of Cape Town, or the provincial government. If members of the public witness any acts of violence or intimidation on Monday, they are urged to contact law enforcement or the WCG via the following number: 0860 142142
By adopting a proactive stance, Cape Town’s authorities are ready to ensure the safety of citizens and maintain order during the planned national shutdown on Monday.