Lephalale Local Municipality has warned participants in the two-day planned “illegal” march, threatening to bring the town to a standstill which begins on Monday, saying demonstrators engaging in unlawful activities will be dealt with accordingly.
The municipality said it distances itself and condemns the planned total shut down of the town by the Forum.
Spokesperson Conscious Chiloane said the Municipality will work together with police to deal consequently with those found on the wrong side of the law.
“Section 4 meeting which comprises security agencies and the Municipality held on November 2 did not approve the request for the planned demonstration,” said Chiloane.
According to Chiloane the Forum submitted a notice of gathering to the Municipality for a march, night vigil and a total shutdown planned for December 3-4, saying it did not approve the illegal march.
“The march will negatively impact on the economy of the town.
While the Municipality respect and uphold the prescripts of the law in terms of the Gathering Act, it remains a serious concern that essential government services, schools and businesses and all other activities within the town will come to an unnecessary halt,” said Chiloane.
If the purported march continues in that manner and fashion said Chiloane, then it will affect municipal staff and the commuters as transportation to ferry employees to and from work will not be able to run effectively.
Chiloane said the Municipality further calls on the residents not to get involved in the march as it is illegal.
“The Municipality will collaborate with the security agencies (SAPS) to make sure we deal accordingly with anyone found on the wrong side of the law,” added Chiloane.
Police Spokesperson Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe said members of the South African Police Services (Saps) will be deployed in the area, ready for any eventualities.