By Khulile Thwala
Protest action organised by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) continued on Monday as protesters stoned vehicles as part of the action.
About 87 people were arrested Monday morning before the EFF-organised anti-government protest commenced.
Reports at mid-day stated that protesters had been witnessed stoning vehicles in the vicinity of Intabazwe near Harrismith in the Free State.
Meanwhile, EFF protesters successfully marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria as the shutdown intensified.
In a press statement, the African National Congress (ANC) applauded South Africans who did not participate in the EFF-organised national shutdown on Monday.
ANC National Spokesperson Mahlengu Bhengu-Motsiri said in SA there was no place or tolerance for vigilantism and forceful removal of an incumbent government.
The ANC further acknowledged that people had the right to protest and that all protest action should be lawful.
“According to the Bill of Rights enshrined in our Constitution, no person or grouping may engage in an illegal protest action or impose their protest action on everyone who does not support it,” stated the ANC.
Meanwhile, in a counter press statement, EFF said the national shutdown was proceeding successfully, peacefully, and with the utmost discipline.
Decrying the arrests, the political party said many activists had been violated or detained by the police. Further sharing that those who were detained by the South Africa Police Service (SAPS) in the early hours of Monday had since been released.
The political party attributed the decrease in load-shedding in South Africa to the national shutdown proposal. Worth noting is that SA has moved from Stage 4 to 1 over the past four days and loadshedding was further suspended on Sunday.