CoCT granted interdict against EFF's planned 'national shutdown'
The Western Cape High Court has granted the City of Cape Town an interdict against any attempts to incite or participate in looting, vandalism, intimidation and disruption as part of the EFF’s planned ‘national shutdown’ for Monday
The City's interdict aims to ensure the organisers and participants stay within the confines of lawful and peaceful protest.
Interdict granted in all respects, with costs against the EFF!— Geordin Hill-Lewis (@geordinhl) March 17, 2023
A victory for the rule of law.👏🙌
Peaceful protest is protected. Threats of violence & looting, intimidating those who don’t want to participate - all things the EFF have done this week - these are not acceptable pic.twitter.com/Dc8M4hBFy3
Cape Town Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis, who welcomed the interdict, says the municipality will not hesitate to pursue a civil claim against the EFF should any of its public infrastructure be damaged.
‘’Cape Town will be open for business as usual. We have obtained an interdict against any attempts to incite or participate in looting, vandalism or to intimidate people or businesses. We welcome the court extending the interdict to include protection of private property as well as public infrastructure.’’
‘’We are well prepared to ensure that Capetonians are able to go about their daily business on Monday. We will enforce this interdict and uphold the rule of law. Should any damage to public infrastructure occur, the City will not hesitate to lay a civil claim against the EFF. There will be no national shutdown in Cape Town, our economy does not have time for that,’’ added Cape Town Mayor, Geordin Hill-Lewis.
Done By: Mitchum George