Police on high alert for strike

2008-07-08 00:00

LAW enforcement has been stepped up as part of stringent plans set out by police in both Pietermaritzburg and Durban today to counter any public disturbance during the Cosatu strike against the rising cost of living.

In Durban, a march will be held from Currie’s Fountain to to the city hall. While essential services like public transport will be affected, Cosatu vowed that marches in Durban and Newcastle will be peaceful.

Provincial secretary Zet Luzipho said people should not fear attacks. He said about 5 000 are expected to march.

Luzipho said a memorandum will be handed to a city official.

He said Cosatu has liaised with Metro and SAPS members to ensure the march is peaceful.

Metro police spokesman Superintendent Thomas Tyala said extra police will be deployed to monitor the march. “We do have enough members to ensure that marchers behave and that shops and hawkers are safe. No traditional weapons will be allowed,” he said.

Tyala said shops and businesses will be allowed to trade as usual as the marchers will be not able to intimidate them.

The march should not interfere with the movement of people not involved in the protest. “People should just be vigilant and watch for any criminal activity,” said Tyala.

He advised motorists to plan routes to avoid the marchers.

In Pietermaritzburg, many businesses will be closed, and although there is no march, the Msunduzi Municipality has contingency plans in place.

Police spokeswoman Inspector Joey Jeevan said the SAPS will be on standby for any disruptions. Municipal manager Rob Haswell said municipal employees who stay away will be subject to the “no work, no pay” policy.

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