President Cyril Ramaphosa

Author: Elvis Anokye

The Ghana High Commission in South Africa has warned its citizens to avoid mass gatherings and restrict their movements to safe areas ahead of the Economic Freedom Party (EFF) planned “National Shutdown” nationwide protest today Monday, 20th March 2023.

According to the Ghana Mission, though the organisers of the national shutdown have assured peaceful protest, previous peace walks, and demonstrations have turned violent.

The EFF is planning a national shutdown on 20 March, demanding the resignation of President Cyril Ramaphosa and an end to load shedding.
In the run-up to the shutdown, the party has been warning communities to shut businesses or risk looting.

In a statement cited by, the mission advised members of the Ghanaian Community to be vigilant.

” The mission would thus like to advise members of the community to be vigilant to any such incidents, restrict their movements to safe areas, avoid mass gathering and contact the police for assistance when required,” the statement emphasised.

Meanwhile, the South African Police Service (SAPS) has warned EFF that lawlessness and criminality will not be tolerated.

 The police said it is the responsibility of the EFF to ensure that its planned national shutdown does not turn violent whiles the protests remain peaceful.

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