South African Warns Against Being Overthrown

South African Warns Against Being Overthrown

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South African police say the opposition protests are not just a shutdown, but an active bid to overthrow the government.

The opposition party Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) is organising nationwide protest against the country’s power crisis and has called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to resign.

This is an attempt to overthrow the government. This is not a shutdown, but it’s anarchy,” KwaZulu-Natal Police Commissioner, Lieutenant-General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi, said  while briefing media on security plans to deal with threats posed by the protests.

The magnitude of threats differs from other planned shutdowns and that is why we have to be extra vigilant,” Mr Mkhwanazi said.

The police said they had not received notices of any planned gatherings in the province, adding that over 18,000 security officers would be deployed during the march.

President Ramaphosa  “warned that anarchy will not be tolerated during the protests and called on security forces to “defend our people”.

Mr Ramaphosa said “the only way to get him out of office and power is through a vote”.

Julius Malema, the EFF leader, insists the protests are not illegal and has warned that anyone who attempts to stop them would “meet their maker”.


African News/Oyenike Oyeniyi



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