Article by: Dumisane Dube
The National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (NatJOINTS) says measures have been put in place to ensure the safety and security of the country amid threats of a national shutdown on Monday.
National Police spokesperson Mathapelo Peters says NatJOINTS is aware of messages making rounds on social media platforms advocating for violence.
“Those behind these messages are warned that inciting violence is a criminal offense. Members of the public are cautioned against spreading such divisive messages. Equally, a different set of messages is also doing the rounds where people are mobilizing to respond to the supposed shutdown,” says Peters.
Peters says the public should refrain from calls of violence and criminality.
“And are thus discouraged from participating in activities that seek to defy the rule of law and undermine the authority of the State. We are calling on Community Police Forums and related sub-forums to work with the police as they usually do, and to mobilize the community against any form of lawlessness,” added Peters.
According to Peters, security forces are on high alert and ready to maintain stability in the country and ensure the safety and security of South Africans.
“Law-abiding citizens should be at ease knowing that the NatJOINTS is not taking these threats lightly. Security forces are on high alert and ready to maintain stability in the country and ensure the safety and security of South Africans…The NatJOINTS reminds the public that South Africa is still on Adjusted Alert Level 3 Lockdown, and calls for maximum adherence to the Regulations and Covid-19 health protocols. Currently, outdoor gatherings are limited to 100 persons”.
She assured the public that the threats are not taken lightly.
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