Police in Limpopo have issued a stern warning against the dissemination of threats, regarding potential shutdown in Polokwane and surrounding areas circulating on social media platforms. There have been threats of a potential shutdown in Seshego, Mankweng, Lebowakgomo and Matlala over a lack of service delivery.

But Commissioner of Police Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe is assuring the residents of Limpopo that the SAPS is closely monitoring these developments.

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“Law enforcement agencies are prepared to deal decisively and harshly with any individuals found responsible for instigating or participating in activities aimed at disrupting public order and safety. The SAPS will utilize all available resources to maintain law and order and ensure the protection of citizens and property,” said Lieutenant General Hadebe.

The public is urged to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities or threats to the nearest police station.

Meanwhile, Great North Transport have announced that they will shutdown their operations on Thursday due to the protest threats.

“Great North Transport has learned about a voice note and several posters calling for a shutdown on 4 April 2024. The targeted areas include Seshego, Mankweng and Matala. It is our considered view that GNT will not operate its buses in these affected areas,” the company said.

Public warned against threats of shutdown in Polokwane
Polokwane Municipality

“Over the past two years, our company lost two buses due to a community strike situation. Therefore taking precautionary measures to avoid losses and damages to these assets. As well as the safety of our commuters is paramount,” said Naazim Essa, GNT’s Acting Chief Executive Officer.

“Management will assess the situation throughout the day to determine whether to operate or not.”

POLOKWANE MUNICIPALITY HAS ALSO WARNED AGAINST THREATS OF A SHUTDOWN

The Polokwane Municipality has also expressed concern over the anticipated strike. “Polokwane Municipality expresses concern over ongoing anticipated illegal activities intended to disrupt normal municipal and business operations in the city,” said the Municipality.

“Polokwane Municipality has not approved any marches or shutdowns, as no applications were received from protesters.

“As a result, Thursday, 4 April 2024, is a regular working day. All roads and businesses, including shopping centers and schools, are expected to operate during their normal operating hours,” they added. “Law enforcement will be on high alert to ensure uninterrupted operations.”