Police clashed with demonstrators who gathered in the North Beach area of Durban (KwaZulu-Natal province) on Saturday, June 27, for an unauthorized protest against gender-based violence. Security forces used stun grenades to disperse a crowd of some 100 people who intended to march on Durban City Hall. A number of protesters were also arrested. Similar demonstrations are planned to occur in Cape Town and Johannesburg.
A heightened security presence is to be anticipated, and further associated demonstrations are possible in the near term.
Individuals are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all demonstrations and political gatherings as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.
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