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City activates its contingency plan to mitigate risks of possible ‘national shutdown’ <p>​</p><p>The City acknowledges that there is concern among residents and businesses who fear that protest could impact on their safety. To date, there has been no confirmed reports of a planned protest in Cape Town, even though there are posts regarding this circulating on social media, warning of a shutdown protest in the city. <br><br>Regardless, the City takes this threat seriously and is committed to ensuring the safety of all residents in Cape Town. <br>‘We have engaged the South African Police Service about possible unrest and will work together with them should any threat present itself. They have advised that they are on high alert to prevent and combat any forms of criminality.<br><br>‘It is important to state upfront, that SAPS is responsible for public order policing. However, the City’s enforcement agencies work in support of SAPS at all times, with operational responsibilities coordinated via the Provincial Joint Operations Centre. The City’s enforcement agencies have activated our four areas’ joint operations centre to monitor and respond to any possible threats of violence,’ said Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.<br><br><strong>While we cannot disclose specific details, the City would like to inform the public that:</strong></p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">A list of potential targets has been compiled, to ensure regular patrols in these areas</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">All Area Chiefs across our Metro Police, Law Enforcement and Traffic Service have been tasked with drafting integrated deployment plans in areas that could potentially be targeted</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Staff will be activated after hours, if need be</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Redeployment of staff from other areas or functions will be considered/implemented if need be</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">CCTV surveillance will be used to capture any incidents, to identify any suspects  and to help mobilise ground forces</div></li></ul><p>‘The City will do everything in its power to support policing efforts should the need arise. However, we call on the national government to address national concerns of exorbitantly inflated fuel prices that have a direct impact on our communities’ livelihoods and ability to feed their families. We all need to do the work we promised to do to serve the public and ensure a better life for everyone. Residents are encouraged to report any criminal activity or emergency by contacting the City’s Public Emergency Communication Centre on 021 480 7700,’ added Alderman Smith. </p><p><strong>End</strong></p>2022-06-08T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#c68339a9-4d36-46d9-b104-39c21214789e;L0|#0c68339a9-4d36-46d9-b104-39c21214789e|protest;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GPP|#d63bd629-d5be-4620-9b73-8aad50766775;GP0|#4bcb251f-1166-4a1c-8ee5-d33721046dec;L0|#04bcb251f-1166-4a1c-8ee5-d33721046dec|law enforcement10

 

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