National shutdown



African News Agency



EFF leader Julius Malema has vowed that unless President Cyril Ramaphosa hands in his resignation, there was nothing that could stop their planned national shutdown on Monday. The EFF has planned to mobilise hundreds of EFF members, citizens, and other organisations next week to demand an end to load shedding and for Ramaphosa to resign. Malema pegged his stance during a media briefing held on Wednesday, shortly after the DA launched a legal bid to stop the mass gathering amid what it called “rampant intimidation and threats of violence” allegedly peddled by the EFF. Malema said that the DA’S recent bid to stop the protest was done by its leader John Steenhuisen to prove to his funders that he was doing something to defend Ramaphosa. He said that the DA was taking the approach of defending Ramaphosa and was “masquerading” as protecting businesses and the economy of South Africa, which is not true, he said. Despite Malema’s assertion that the planned national shutdown will be a peaceful protest, fears of violent confrontation persist among some civil society stakeholders. |