Dec 8, 2022

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Planning to join the national shutdown? Here’s why you might want to think twice

Protesters scheduled to take part in Friday’s planned nationwide shutdown have been warned not to ban the movement of others or they could be prosecuted.

The National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (NatJoints) issued a stern warning and said it would take action to ensure the safety of South Africans amid threats from the national shutdown.

“Those behind these messages are warned and reminded that prohibiting the free movement of people is a criminal offence. Members of the public are therefore cautioned against spreading such messages aimed at mobilizing communities to respond to the shutdown,” said police spokeswoman Colonel Athlenda Mathe.

Mathe called on the public to work with law enforcement to uphold and enforce the law.

“Any act aimed at violating the law will be dealt with within the limits of the law punished. To this end, we are asking for public cooperation.

“Law enforcement officers have been deployed and are on high alert to prevent and combat any form of crime. she said.

What is the purpose of the nationwide shutdown?

The protest is linked on the recent hikes in fuel prices and associated increases in public transport.

As of last week, motorists have been charged R2.43 per liter more for 93 octane petrol and 2.33 R per liter spent liters for 95 octane.

Diesel and luminous paraffin are increased by R1.10/l and R1.56/l respectively.

The EFF said a nationwide shutdown would force the National Treasury and Minister for Natural Resources and Energy Gwede Mantashe to introduce immediate measures to lower fuel prices.

< span>The party said the government does not have a practical and credible plan to counter the rising cost of living.

“The government has demonstrated ted it is not interested in this matter to solve. Instead, it is deaf to the pleas of workers, the taxi industry and small businesses,” said theEFF.

< span>“ We will consider a nationwide shutdown in consultation with other key stakeholders until the price of gas is reduced. The State Treasury Department should work with the Secretary of Energy to take immediate action to lower fuel and gasoline prices.”

Santaco and the National Taxi Alliance will not participate< /strong>

The SA National Taxi Council (Santaco) distanced itself from the closure.

So said national spokesman Thabiso Molelekwa Bei TimesLIVE said there were no plans for a nationwide shutdown as they were in talks with the government to come up with a viable solution.

“Santaco has never engaged with any organization for a nationwide shutdown used and does not plan a shutdown. However, we firmly believe that urgent government action is required, and this despite the threat of hikes in taxi fares.

“The reason why we will not start protests or a nationwide shutdown is that not all possibilities have been exhausted yet. We are in talks with the government.”

National Taxi Alliance spokesman Theo Malele said the organization would not participate in any protest action.

The Cosatu union also said they were not aware of any closure, nor had they been obliged to support it.

“Neither workers nor unions have commissioned you to get involved One”,read here.

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