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14 août 2019 | 08h21 UTC

South Africa: Ongoing protest and counter protest in Mokopane August 14

South Africa Alerte de sécurité

Ongoing protest and counterprotest by civil society groups in Mokopane on August 14; roadblocks and heightened security presence reported

TIMEFRAME expected from 14/8/2019, 12h00 until 14/8/2019, 11h59 (Africa/Johannesburg). COUNTRY/REGION Mokopane

Event

Several civil society groups have called for a march in Mokopane (Limpopo province) on Wednesday, August 14, to demand the resignation of Mayor Andrina Matsemela. As of 10:00 (local time), police officers have blocked the main roads to the town. Protest participants have gathered since 08:00 at the Rabe Street bus stop, before heading to the municipal building. Media reports indicate that organizers are considering closing certain streets during the protest. A counterprotest in support of the Mayor has gathered since 07:30 on Nelson Mandela Drive.

A heightened security presence and localized transportation and business disruptions are expected in the affected areas.

Context

At least 800 people participated in protests in Mokopane on August 1 and August 2 following the murder of two Africal National Congress members. Civil society groups submitted a memorandum to the Mogalakwena Municipality with a list of demands concerning the correct functioning of the municipality and the resignation of several officials.

Advice

Individuals in the Mogolakwena sub-region are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all demonstrations, and anticipate transportation and business disruptions.

 

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