Latest on the proposed shut down for Friday 7 April 2017

  • Date: Apr 06, 2017
  • Categories: news

Please find the latest update on the proposed shutdown of the country:

  • Save South Africa, a campaign made up of organisations, civil society groups, business leaders, celebrities and citizens, has called on all SA citizens to assemble in peaceful protest outside National Treasury offices in Pretoria

  • Since then a number of other parties and organisations have called on South Africans to demonstrate against President Zuma and the cabinet reshuffle that was solely to blame for the downgrade by S&P rating agency

  • The confirmed list of Anti-Zuma marches are as follows:

    • DA’s March for Change: JHB, begin at Westgate Transport Hub at 10h00 and end at Mary Fitzgerald square

    • DA’s Together We March: DBN: From Durban Circus site (M4) at 9am



  • Save SA PTA: Occupy Church Square as of yesterday (Wed 04 Apr)

Friday: March from Church Square to Union Buildings at 10am

  • OUTA (against tax abuse): Cape Town, Friday outside Parliament at 10am



  • Cosatu have distanced itself from any organised protest this Friday


  • Reports about a “shutdown” aka (#FreedomDay) of the economy then erupted on social media on Monday 03 April


  • Government has responded saying that although the public have a right to embark on protest action; this coming Friday is a normal working day. GCIS also said that having a shutdown at this stage will have negative consequences for the country’s current fragile economy


  • Some users on social media though have sought to use the “shutdown” theme as an excuse to bring the image of SA into disrepute, to disturb the economy and create an impression of disorder and fear in communities


A media statement issued by the Government Communications and Information System (GCIS) on Monday, 3 April 2017, raises caution about social media messages that are in circulation, calling for a shutdown of the country on Friday, 7th April. In the statement, Government warns that “these messages can have unexpected consequences for our fragile economy, business and communities”. The statement further assures all South Africans that Friday is a normal working day. (Click Here for the full statement).


Additionally, the South African Police Service (SAPS), have informed us that they are closely monitoring the situation through the National Joint Operational Centre (NatJoc) and the Intelligence Structure (NatJoints)