The message is believed to initially have been distributed on Telegram in a group called “Protest Action South Africa”, which has almost 14,000 members. The description of the group is “Information of protest action and looting in South Africa. An informed community is a vigilant community”.
Members of the the ANC, ANC Youth League, uMkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association, SACP and the SA National Civic Organisation (Sanco) have been identified as forming part of the planned march from Botha’s Park in Durban to the ANC provincial offices at 9am on Monday.
The report identified specific stores, roads and areas in Phoenix, Tongaat, Durban North and Verulam as being at possible risk.
eThekwini mayor Mxolisi Kaunda and KwaZulu-Natal premier Sihle Zikalala urged residents to remain calm as police are “on top of the situation”.
Security was beefed up at key point facilities, including the ports and airport, and provincial organisations were informed to be prepared to implement contingency planning protocols in the event of disruptions or threats.