Severity: Informational Alert

Civil Unrest: Restaurateurs to protest near their businesses in South Africa 1200-1400 July 22. Gathering near Parliament in Cape Town July 24.

  • Alert Begins: 22 Jul 2020 12:01 AM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 24 Jul 2020 07:59 PM UTC
  • Event: Protests
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Date: July 22 and 24
  • Impact: Increased security, localized ground travel delays

Summary
The Restaurant Association of South Africa (RASA), which represents restaurants, take-away shops, and coffee shops, has called for nationwide protests July 22 and a protest in Cape Town July 24. The action has been announced in opposition to stringent coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions, which have negatively impacted businesses across the country.

 

  • July 22: Protester participants will gather near their respective businesses 1200-1400. Protest organizers have indicated that roads will be blocked but that gatherings will be limited to no more than 15 people and that social distancing measures will be applied.

 

  • July 24: RASA plans to form a human chain near Parliament in Cape Town. The start time and number of participants in the event are unclear.

 


Protest organizers have urged participants to notify their local police station of the action before July 22. Authorities are likely to deploy security and traffic management personnel to areas where disruptions are likely, such as along major intracity road routes. Ground travel disruptions are likely near protest sites. Clashes are unlikely. The event details may be amended at short notice.

Advice
Monitor local media for updates on the planned protest action. Exercise caution near protest sites. Plan for minor ground travel delays.


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