On Wednesday, 27 September 2023, Western Cape Minister of Police Oversight and Community Safety, Reagen Allen, met with District Executive Mayors, along with relevant and senior officials from various provincial departments, district municipalities and the South African Police Service (SAPS) to assess provincial readiness for the Economic Freedom Fighters’(EFF) so-called shutdown protest, which is due to occur on 2 October 2023.
Minister Reagen Allen said: “I want to categorically state that lawlessness will not be tolerated. South Africa’s Constitution makes provision for protest, but no person has the right to infringe on the rights of others whilst protesting through violence, intimidation or the destruction of property. I have been assured by the SAPS and law enforcement agencies that any attempts to cause anarchy will be met with the full might of the law.”
Minister Reagen Allen continued: “The Western Cape Government stands for a law-abiding society and creating a safe environment for our citizens, where everyone is treated fairly and has the same opportunities. We are working tirelessly to make sure that our roads, communities and environments are safe for our residents.”
“We will be working closely with SAPS and law enforcement and holding them to account to ensure that businesses can open, that those needing to get to work or any other appointment, can do so. Nothing ensures greater dignity than a job and being able to feed your loved ones. Fermenting disruptions to people’s daily activities is counterproductive to building our economy and creating a successful society for all of us. I urge protestors to demonstrate compassion for their fellow citizens and marching in a peaceful and orderly manner,” concluded Minister Reagen Allen.