The EFF’s planned national shutdown has been assigned a high-risk status, with SA’s security forces being put on alert to prevent a repeat of the July 2021 riots, which devastated businesses in parts of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.

The national joint operational and intelligence structure (Natjoints) met on Monday to put in place a response plan to the planned protest on March 20. Business Day has reliably learnt that the security chiefs have agreed to deploy a large contingent of police, while the military and the National Prosecuting Authority will be put on standby should the need arise...

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