South African opposition party, EFF, is planning a national shutdown on 20 March 2023 to protest continuing load shedding and call for President Cyril Ramaphosa to resign.
EFF leader Julius Malema announced the planned protest late last month, saying the Zuma Must Fall protest will look like “Micky Mouse”. Said Malema:
The national shutdown means that there will be no school, no university, factories and no business will be operating on that day.
All municipalities and all major cities will be shut down and there will be no work on that day. All major roads will be barricaded and all ports of entry, including roads that lead to borders, will be closed…
No business operations will be opened on that day and no truck, and no train will be allowed on the roads and railways, particularly the trucks transporting South Africa’s minerals and coal outside South Africa through Richards Bay.
“Zuma Must Fall” was a march by thousands of South Africans in 2015 calling for then-President Jacob Zuma to resign after he fired two finance ministers in one week which led the rand to tumble to record lows.
Meanwhile, Malema said streets would only remain open for emergency and essential services during the national shutdown.
The EFF said it will also be protesting against the rising cost of living, unemployment and poverty, increasing crime levels, corruption and collapsing infrastructure.
On 20 March, the EFF national leadership plans to march to the Union Buildings to hand over their demands.
EFF said it will reveal the next step on the day if Ramaphosa does not resign.
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