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09 Oct 2018 | 07:50 AM UTC

South Africa: Johannesburg protests planned for October 9, 12 /update 4

South Africa News Alert

“Guateng Shutdown” protests planned for October 9 and 12 at Johannesburg Stock Exchange and Premier’s office

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/9/2018, 12:00 AM until 10/12/2018, 11:59 PM (Africa/Johannesburg). COUNTRY/REGION Johannesburg, Sandton

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Event

Johannesburg protests are set to continue this week, with demonstrations planned for Tuesday, October 9, and Friday, October 12. A group called Guateng Shutdown Coordinating Committee (GSCC) is planning a march to the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) in Sandton on Tuesday. The GSCC also announced a march from the Guateng Legislature to the Premier's office to present their demands. The two events are reportedly linked to recent unrest in Westbury and other nearby neighborhoods. Localized transportation disruptions and a heightened security presence is likely. As with recent protests, clashes between demonstrators and security forces cannot be ruled out.

Context

Protests in Johannesburg began on September 28 after a woman was killed from crossfire in a gang-related shooting in Westbury. Protests in Westbury, and associated protests across Johannesburg, have continued as residents demand increased policing.

Advice

Individuals in Johannesburg and Sandton are advised to monitor the situation, anticipate transportation delays, avoid all demonstrations and protests as a precaution, and to adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.

 

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