Premier welcomes interdict to prevent EFF lawlessness | Western Cape Government



Premier welcomes interdict to prevent EFF lawlessness

17 March 2023

Media release: Premier Winde welcomes interdict to prevent EFF lawlessness

Premier Alan Winde has welcomed the interdict granted by the Western Cape High Court to prevent further attempts to incite violence as part of the Economic Freedom Fighters’ national “shutdown”.

The Western Cape Government had joined the City of Cape Town’s legal bid to secure an interdict to prevent unlawful protests, incitement to violence and intimidation, and damage to property.  The Western Cape’s intervention was aimed specifically at extending the interdict beyond Cape Town’s municipal boundaries to the whole of the Western Cape province.

The Premier said, “I hope this interdict sends a clear, unambiguous message to anyone intent on shutting down our province and the country next Monday. I trust that all aspects of the interdict will be adhered to. Those who proceed with intimidating residents who want to go to work on Monday must face the consequences of their actions. Apart from preventing anarchy, today’s legal action is also about supporting members of the public who want to work. Workers who are prevented from going to work stand to lose a day’s wages, especially temporary and contract staff. The calls for a shutdown are callous and against workers.”

The Premier stressed, “The Western Cape Government (WCG) is committed to economic freedom, not shutting down our economy. With us forging ahead with our economic recovery, it is counterintuitive to impede people from going to work. We will not allow individuals to behave irresponsibly or place the safety of many thousands of people at risk.”

“I reiterate, we as the WCG will not tolerate any attempts to prevent law-abiding citizens from going about their business, foment violence or endanger lives. Everyone in our country has a right to protest, but not to impose their views on others or infringe on their rights” he continued.

The Provincial Government is prepared for any eventualities. The Provincial Disaster Management Centre (PDMC) has been activated and all emergency and law enforcement agencies are on high alert. The Premier held a series of meetings this week with various stakeholders, among them Western Cape Police Commissioner Lieutenant-General Thembisile Patekile, to ensure the province is prepared.

Should members of the public witness any acts of violence or intimidation on Monday, they are urged to contact law enforcement or the WCG through the following ways:

Call Centre: 0860 142142