Over the weekend social media was inundated with speculations of another violent protest which was planned to take place in Kwa-Zulu Natal province on Monday.
These speculations had sent shockwaves throughout the country as memories of the wreckage left by the July violent uprising which turned into massive lootings are still vivid in people’s memories.
It however turned out that the much anticipated national shutdown didn’t happen, it seems as if it was a huge flop.
The Kwa-Zulu Natal province Premier, Sihle Zikalala had earlier stated that if the protests were to erupt, they were ready to thwart it before the situation goes out of hand.
Zikalala had given an assurance that this time around they weren’t going to be caught napping like what happened when the July uprising was planned right under their noses and were clueless on how to handle the situation.
On Sunday videos and photos of military tanks deployed in Kwa-Zulu Natal to thwart the planned protests might have invoked fear among the instigators.
Former Eskom executive Koko Matshela however claimed that the deployment of heavily armed military personnel ahead of the planned protest showed that president Cyril Ramaphosa “is at war with the masses of people.”
Some social critics however opine that the #NationalShutdown was a huge prank on government.
Perhaps the protesters are testing how ready the law enforcement agencies are in dealing with an anticipated national shutdown. The country might not be out of the woods yet, as speculations are still rife that #NationalShutdown might happen.