In an open letter addressed to Cele, the DA stated that the police force must take proactive measures to prevent violence and ensure the safety of all citizens during the EFF’s planned shutdown. The letter also urged Cele to make a public statement condemning any acts of violence that may occur during the shutdown.
According to the EFF, the national shutdown is intended to bring attention to the party’s demands for land expropriation without compensation, free education, and the nationalization of certain industries. The party has called on all South Africans to participate in the shutdown by staying home from work, school, and other activities.
The DA’s concerns over potential violence during the shutdown are not unfounded. Similar events in the past have resulted in widespread violence, looting, and destruction of property. In 2018, a national shutdown organized by the EFF turned violent in some areas, with reports of shops being looted and vehicles set on fire.
The DA is not the only political party to express concern over the potential for violence during the EFF’s planned shutdown. The African National Congress (ANC) has also urged the EFF to ensure that the event remains peaceful and non-violent.
In response to the DA’s letter, Cele stated that the police force is prepared to handle any potential violence during the shutdown. He assured the opposition party that the police will take all necessary measures to maintain law and order, and ensure the safety of all citizens.
Cele also stated that the police will be monitoring social media and other platforms to identify any potential threats or incitement of violence. He urged all South Africans to exercise their right to protest peacefully, without resorting to violence or destruction of property.
The DA has welcomed Cele’s response, but has called on the police force to provide more details on their plans to prevent violence during the shutdown. The opposition party has urged Cele to work closely with community leaders and other stakeholders to ensure that the event remains peaceful and non-violent.