Cape Town cops out in force as thousands expected to protest

2017-08-07 10:13
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Cape Town - Police and other law enforcement agencies will be deployed in Cape Town from Monday morning ahead of protests over the next two days in support of and against a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma, Netwerk24 reports.

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"The police in the Western Cape, in co-operation with all law enforcement agencies in Cape Town, have prepared for approved planned marches to Parliament on August 7 and August 8," said police spokesperson Brigadier Novela Potelwa.

"An operational plan was developed under the auspices of the Provincial Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (ProvJOINTS) in anticipation of scores of people descending on the city centre on both days."

According to the City of Cape Town, more than 25 000 people are expected in the CBD on Tuesday, while about 10 000 are expected at Parliament on Monday.

JP Smith, Mayoral Committee Member for safety and security, said the #UniteBehind group will be protesting at Parliament between 15:30 and 19:00 on Monday.

Police said the joint operations centre would be activated on Monday morning and the police and other law enforcement personnel would maintain a visible presence at strategic points in an attempt to ensure everyone’s safety. 

The police called on protesters not to break the law.

"We recognise citizens’ right to protest. However the right to protest comes with responsibility. Destruction of property‚ looting and other unlawful conduct will not be tolerated‚" Potelwa said.

The other objective of the deployments would be to ensure free flow of traffic.

Some of the roads in and around the CBD will be closed.

Roeland Street, the closest to Parliament, will be closed between Plein and Buitenkant streets.

The police advised business owners to exercise discretion in relation to operating hours on the days in question.

Read more on:    jacob zuma  |  cape town  |  protests  |  police
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