KZN’s Zikalala plays down shutdown claims

Durban – KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala has denied claims about a possible shutdown of the province.

During a briefing on the Covid-19 pandemic in the province, Zikalala said that talk of a potential disruption to services and business operations was just a baseless distraction.

With matrics around the country expected to begin the preliminary exams today, the Department of Basic Education has cautioned those behind these messages to refrain from inciting violence, as it is a criminal offense.

Elijah Mhlanga, the department’s spokesperson, has assured South Africans that exams will continue as planned.

“The police have made it clear that they are ready to protect the country tomorrow, to make sure that it’s business as usual in all sectors, but more so for education because it’s an important day for our learners who are in matric,” said Mhlanga.

The police’s Mathapelo Peters said they would remain on high alert ready to ensure that all South Africans are ready.

“Law-abiding citizens should be at ease knowing that we are not taking these threats lightly.”

Law enforcement agencies have also called on community police forums and related subforums to work with the police, as they usually do.

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