South African police say ?protests are attempt to overthrow government?

Polícia sul-africana diz que ?protestos são tentativa de derrubar governo?

South African police said yesterday that the protests called by the opposition for next Monday due to the energy crisis go beyond a strike and are an attempt to overthrow Cyril Ramaphosa's government.

"This is an attempt to overthrow the government. This is not a strike, this is an illegality," stressed Lt. Gen. Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi, KwaZulu-Natal police chief, while briefing on security plans for the coming days.

"The scale of the threats differs from other planned protests and that is why we have to be more vigilant," said Mkhwanazi, who warned the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party that it will be charged if there are deaths and property damage, reports South African newspaper 'The Witness', quoted by Europa Press news agency and Lusa.

The police chief assured that the EFF has not notified the authorities of the call for these protests and assured that if police authorities are aware of them, it is thanks to the media.

"Everyone has the right to demonstrate, the law allows people to gather. They don't even need to ask permission, they just need to give notice. They can gather, whatever the party is, but they need to give notice," Mkhwanazi insisted, as reported by eNCA News.

Police Minister Bheki Cele warned protesters that anyone caught breaking the law or preventing others from going to work will be arrested.

"Those who are going to protest have the right to demonstrate, but there are restrictions and ways and measures to follow. They are not allowed or entitled to harm anyone, or to stop any South African who wants to go to work," said Cele, who promised to protect those who intend to work.

"No one should loot establishments or force anyone to close their business. We will be there to stop anyone who tries to force anyone to do anything against their will," he concluded.

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