Uncertainty As Threat Of National Shutdown Looms

Friday, June 10, is just hours away, and a wave of anxiety is sweeping across South Africa with a threat of a national shutdown. 

Unions like the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), the National Taxi Alliance (NTA), and the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) allegedly have plans to shut down the nation tomorrow. 

In a statement, though, the COSATU denied it has plans to join the national shutdown. 

In contrast, the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) led by Julius Malema has not ruled out the possibility of being part of the national shutdown tomorrow. 

In a statement on its verified Instagram page, the red collective noted that it had not ruled out participation while calling on President Cyril Ramaphosa to account for his “crimes” at the South African Police Services (SAPS). 

Messages are currently flying across Telegram and other social media platforms, encouraging South Africans to get ready for, and join, the national shutdown. 

Amid the uncertainties spawned by the threats and the messages, the National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (Natjoints) has issued a notice warning those behind the shutdown messages that their actions constitute a criminal offence.

The body is now on high alert to prevent the breakdown of law and order.

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