The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) are calling for a national shutdown in protest to the increased loadshedding and are also calling for president Cyril Ramaphosa to resign.
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The proposed shutdown has been scheduled for 20 March 2023. As the nation counts down to the national shutdown businesses and political parties have also expressed their interest in the movement.
According to the party leadership, this shutdown needs to be taken seriously and businesses should not be open on the day.
See the warning below:
Regional Chairperson of Cape Metro, Cllr @NtsidoTyandela leading a postering team in areas around the Cape Town International Airport.
We are closing down every operation in Cape Metro, we do not want to see planes flying in Cape Town on 20 March. #NationalShutdown pic.twitter.com/WjGohSShMA
— EFF_Cape_Metro (@EFF_Cape_Metro) March 9, 2023
Former Member of the National Assembly, Fana Mokoena, has invited the entertainment industry to be part of the shutdown.
“The entire entertainment industry must join the national shutdown on March 20. It is not an EFF shutdown, it’s for all South Africans. Let’s heed the call and make our voices heard,” said Mokoena.
Pan Africanist Congress of Azania (PAC) also announced that they will be joining the red barrats during the protest.
PAC wrote on their Twitter, “The call for Shutdown resonates with the PAC declaration that the “ANC is a Government of National Disaster” All PAC structures are encouraged to join the Shutdown, Izwe-Lethu.“
One of the country’s labour movements, the South African Federation Of Trade Unions (Saftu’s) confirmed that they share the same sentiments as EFF.
According to Sunday World, Zwelinzima Vavi, Saftu’s secretary general, “This means that we will mobilise our own members to join the protest across the country, however, our participation has conditions which have been discussed with the EFF. SAFTU is not willing to just join a political party programme, we can’t do that we are an independent federation. We can only join a broad front of left formations working together to achieve a common goal of an effective national shutdown.”
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