Reports of the national shutdown held on Monday have emerged, and Police Minister Bheki Cele has confirmed that police have arrested 57 people across South Africa in connection with the event. According to Eye Witness News, Cele spoke at a briefing in Johannesburg and noted that while Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader had promised a peaceful protest, police had already received a few incidents of violence.
The EFF is calling for President Cyril Ramaphosa to step down, and the march is also protesting against frequent power outages and high unemployment rates in the country. Gauteng recorded the highest number of arrests, with Free State and Eastern Cape following closely behind.
Cele condemned the incidents of violence, stating that protesters blocked roads, burned tyres and even trampled on cars. However, the police minister emphasised that police would lay charges against those who acted unlawfully.
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