South Africa’s new Minister of Police, Fikile Mbalula in a media statement, promised to maintain law and order on the National Day of Action coming up on Wednesday, 12 April 2017.
The National Day of Action is another national march to the Union Buildings to demonstrate against Jacob Zuma’s presidency.
The march will be led opposition parties which include the African Christian Democratic Party, African Independent Congress, African People’s Convention, Agang SA, Congress of the People, Democratic Alliance, Economic Freedom Fighters, Inkatha Freedom Party and the United Democratic Movement.
Minister Mbalula in his statement, asserted that it’s important to note that before the protest actions of the 07 April 2017 took place there was some confusion over the legality of the protest.
“According to Section 4 of the Regulation of Gatherings Act, 1993 (Act 205 of 1993) the South African Police Service is but one role player in deciding on whether or not to authorise planned protest action.
“When authority is not granted, the convenor has the right to turn to the courts of our country. For the march planned for 12 April 2017, we have been informed that authorisation was granted to…the convenors,” he specified.
With that, the Minister offered that SAPS members, law enforcement agencies and stakeholders will be deployed to maintain law and order and to keep South Africans safe.
“We call upon protest organisers to ensure that the protest actions are peaceful and do not infringe on the rights of others. Intimidation of South Africans who choose not to join the protest will not be tolerated.
“Many people died for the rights we exercise today. Many fought for a free, democratic South Africa where the rule of law reigns supreme. These rights must never be exercised without observing the responsibilities that accompany them,” Mbalula warned.