PRETORIA – Law enforcement agencies in the country are on high alert to ensure they are not caught unprepared this time, as rumours of a new wave of nationwide protest are rumoured through social media, this week.
Through the National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (NatJoints) law enforcement agencies have put measures in place to ensure the safety and security of South Africans.
The National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (NatJOINTS) has called on community police forums and related sub-forums to work with the police to mobilise the community against any form of lawlessness.
This comes after threats to shut down the country on Monday, August 23.
In a media statement released by the structure said law enforcement agencies are on high alert and through NatJOINTS they have put measures in place to ensure the safety and security of South Africans.
“The NatJOINTS is aware of inflammatory messages on various social media platforms advocating for violence. Those behind these messages are warned that inciting violence is a criminal offense. Members of the public are cautioned against spreading such divisive messages. Equally, a different set of messages is also doing the rounds where people are mobilising to respond to the supposed shutdown,” it said.
The intelligence structure urged the public not to respond to calls for violence and criminality and discouraged them from participating in activities that seek to defy the rule of law and undermine the authority of the state.