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Court Order Prevents Shutdown Threats of Mitchells Plain Businesses by NCC

Published September 29, 2023
9 months ago

Cape Town officials breathed collective sighs of relief yesterday as a court order put an end to threats made by a political group, the National Coloured Congress (NCC), to shut down businesses in Mitchells Plain. Having successfully striked down one private business and causing significant disruption at a City construction site, the NCC's intimidating tactics were a cause of significant concern for the metropolis.

However, swift action from the City, which approached the High Court, effectively curtailed any further threats of violence and intimidation. Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis criticised the intimidations, saying, "such EFF-style race baiting and intimidation is harmful to these businesses that can play a significant role in job creation in Mitchells Plain." He continued to condemn "chaos and intimidation as a tool of political relevance."

There was also a stern warning from Reagen Allen, Western Cape Minister of Police Oversight and Community Safety. After a strategic meeting with the District Executive Mayors, vital provincial departments, and the South African Police Service (SAPS), he said that "any attempts to cause anarchy will be met with the full might of the law."

Allen emphasized that the Western Cape Government prioritizes a law-abiding society and endeavors to create a safe environment for all citizens, ensuring equal opportunities across the board. The provincial government is committed to working closely with SAPS and other law enforcement agencies to maintain peace and ensure businesses can operate without interference.

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