Cape Town Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis has warned against the EFF’s plans for a national shutdown, saying it would not be tolerated in the city. The comments come amid growing tensions between the EFF and the government, with the party calling for a shutdown in protest against a range of issues.
Speaking to reporters, City of Cape Town councilor JP Smith said that any attempt to disrupt the city’s operations would be met with a strong response from law enforcement agencies. He emphasized that while peaceful protest was a legitimate form of expression, the city would not tolerate any attempts to disrupt public safety or cause damage to property.
The EFF’s national shutdown plans are part of a wider campaign to protest against a range of issues, including corruption, unemployment, and poor service delivery. The party has called on its supporters to stay at home and not go to work or school during the shutdown.
However, the government has condemned the move, saying it would be illegal and could lead to violence and unrest. Officials have urged the EFF to engage in constructive dialogue and to use legal and constitutional means to address their concerns.
The tensions between the EFF and the government have been growing in recent weeks, with the party accusing the ruling party of failing to address the country’s pressing problems. The EFF has also been vocal in its criticism of the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly the vaccine rollout.
While the national shutdown plans have not yet been implemented, the situation remains tense and unpredictable. The government has called on all South Africans to remain calm and to avoid any actions that could escalate the situation.
As the country faces a range of pressing challenges, it is essential for all parties to work together to find solutions and address the needs of the people. While protests and demonstrations can be an important tool for bringing attention to critical issues, it is important to ensure that they are conducted peacefully and within the bounds of the law.
As the situation develops, it is essential for all South Africans to remain vigilant and engaged, and to work towards a more peaceful and prosperous future for all.