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South Africa on high alert amid threat of national protests

Security forces ‘on high alert’ – NatJoints.
The week of riots in July marked the worst civil unrest in SA since 1994 and cost the economy an estimated R50bn. Image: GCIS

There are inflammatory messages on various social media platforms advocating for violence and a countrywide shutdown on Monday (August 23), according to South Africa’s National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure.

There are measures in place to ensure the safety of South Africans with security forces on high alert and ready to maintain stability in the country, the organisation said in an emailed statement on Sunday.

A week of riots in July left more than 300 people dead and the ensuing arson and looting across provinces KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng cost the economy an estimated R50 billion. The violence marked the worst civil unrest in South Africa since the end of white-minority rule in 1994 and came after the jailing of former president Jacob Zuma on contempt-of-court charges.

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We have security forces? They are more onlookers than a security force. But lets wait and see.

Curious we get this stuff from Bloomberg before any local agency, it was the same with the green paper last week.

“Ready to maintain stability” – those words may come back to haunt them. What is being done about the social media instigators this time ?

NOTE: The original Dirty Dozen instigators are MIA???

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