According to South African police, the opposition protests scheduled for Monday are an attempt to overthrow the government rather than just a shutdown.
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), an opposition party, have organized statewide marches to protest the nation’s electricity shortage and have demanded that President Cyril Ramaphosa step down.
“The aim of this is to topple the government. When discussing security measures to counter the risks posed by the protesters, KwaZulu-Natal Police Commissioner Lieutenant-General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi told the media on Friday that the situation was anarchy rather than a shutdown.
Local media cited Mr. Mkhwanazi as adding, “The amount of threats differs from past planned shutdowns and that is why we have to be more careful.
Some 18,000 security officers would be deployed throughout the march, he added, adding that authorities had not been informed of any planned rallies in the province.
On Thursday, President Ramaphosa urged security personnel to “protect our people” and warned that chaos will not be permitted during the protests.
According to Mr. Ramaphosa, a vote is the only way to remove him from office and from power.
The head of the EFF, Julius Malema, maintains that the protests are lawful and has threatened that anyone who tries to put an end to them will “meet their maker.”