Police Minister Bheki Cele has assured citizens that March 20 will be a “normal business day” and that all ports of entry will be operational. However, Cele emphasised that anyone who blocks roads, barricades highways, or prevents others from going to work will face the full might of the law. He also stated that police nationwide would be closely monitoring the situation.
Meanwhile, the SA National Taxi Council (Santaco) has announced that it will continue as usual despite the Economic Freedom Fighter’s (EFF) planned National Shutdown on March 20. According to News24, Santaco will not participate in the shutdown because they believe the economy is already in trouble and don’t want to worsen it.
Furthermore, Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) has received a notice from the EFF requesting it to stop its operations. Still, ACSA spokesperson Gopolang Peme has assured the public that the company has a contingency plan to mitigate any disruptions planned for the day, and normal operations will continue.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) has criticised the planned shutdown, with federal council chair Helen Zille stating it would only worsen South Africa’s problems.
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