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KZN Police gear up for possible mass protest on 27 March

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KwaZulu-Natal police is preparing to deter any disturbances that may occur on Sunday, 27 March when the mooted mass protest action by Operation Dudula will happen.

Several voicenotes have been doing rounds on social media rallying up people in Durban to protest against illegal immigrants and crime.

In a memorandum, seen by SA Trucker, addressed to SAPS members, three organisations are expected to be at the forefront of the protest action.

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The memo states that police had gathered intelligence that Operation Dudula, the All Truck Drivers Forum and Allied South Africa (ATDF-ASA) and e-hailers may team up for the strike on Sunday.

The protests may target these areas, but not be limited to:

  • Shopping malls and centres,
  • National, Provincial and District routes,
  • CBD’s,
  • foreign owned businesses and spaza shops,
  • Toll plazas and garages
  • Truck depots, and
  • other undetermined places.

In order to deter the disruptive protests, the police have put together contingency measures in place which include increased patrols of hotspots, crime combatting operations, stop and searches and other operations.

Transporters are urged to work with the police to ensure the safety of their drivers, vehicles and cargo.

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In July last year, there was rampant looting and destruction of property in KZN and Gauteng in what the government has described as a well orchestrated plan to destabilise the country.

The country’s security organs were too late to respond leading to deaths of at least 300 people in the ensuing violence.

The SANDF had to be deployed to help arrest the situation. Military personnel have since camped at all national key points and toll gates in the province.

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