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The National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure has expressed satisfaction with progress made with its security planning ahead of tomorrow’s annual State of the Nation Address (SONA).

The National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (NTAJOINTS), which coordinates all security and law enforcement for the President’s SONA, comprises the South African National Defence Force, Cape Town Metro Police and Law Enforcement, Intelligence Coordinating Committee, the Department of Health, Eskom and the SA Police Service.

In a statement on Wednesday, the NATJOINTS advised the Cape Town community of limited access in areas surrounding Parliament. This as there will be road closures and parking restrictions. 

In this regard, temporary fencing will be set up.

“Perpetrators will face criminal charges should they be caught tampering with the fencing or breaching it in any way,” it said.

Only people with valid accreditation will be allowed into restricted areas in and around Parliament on Thursday.

Road closures will be implemented from 6am until 11pm.

Affected roads and streets include:

  • Roeland Street, From Plein 69m towards Buitenkant (Opposite end of Nieuw Meester Parking Area; Lane closest to Table Mountain open until Hope Street)
  • St Johns, Vrede until Roeland Street.
  • Bouquette Street
  • Plein, Roeland until Barrack street
  • Commercial Street, Plein until 10m past end of Nieuw Meester Parking Area.
  • Government Lane, Wale until Gallery Lane.

There will also be 24-hour (all-day) parking restrictions on:

  • Adderly Street, Bureau Street and Longmarket Street – both sides
  • Wale Street, Bureau Street and Queen Victoria Street – Slave Lodge, Company Gardens
  • Parliament Street, Longmarket Street and Bureau Street – both sides
  • Church Square, corner of Spin Street and Parliament Street – both sides
  • Bureau, Spin, Mostert Street, Adderley Street and Corporation Street – both sides
  • Plein Street, Roeland Street and Spin Street – both sides
  • St John’s Street, Roeland Street and Vrede Street – both sides 
  • Gallery Lane – both sides
  • Vrede Street, St John’s Street and Hope Street – both sides. Not in embayment’s
  • St Mary’s Cathedral Parking Area, Bouquet Street and Roeland Street
  • Bouquet Street, Roeland Street and Hope Street – both sides
  • Hope Street, Bouquet Street and Tuin Plein – both sides
  • Roeland Street, Plein Street and Buitenkant Street – both sides
  • Commercial Street, Plein Street and Buitenkant Street – both sides
  • Darling Street, Buitenkant Street and Corporation Street – Grand Parade Side
  • Newmarket Street, the grass area next to the Castle of Goodhope, Buitenkant Street and Elevate Freeway

The NATJOINTS added that there is a no-fly zone over the Parliament precinct and the areas surrounding it.

“This restriction will also apply on the day of the event. No civilian aircraft or remotely piloted aircraft system (RPAS) (drones) will be permitted in the restricted airspace,” read the statement.

In addition, all demonstrations will be being catered for in designated areas only on Thursday. For this purpose, speakers’ corners have been set up in the following areas:

  • Grand Parade (Castle of Good Hope half of Parade)
  • Hanover Street Parking Area – Traditional Protest action starting point (formerly known as Kaizergracht Street)

NATJOINTS called on those that would like to air their grievances and to stage protests to do so within the confines of the law.

Demonstrators must adhere to the lockdown level 3 regulations as the country is still under the State of Disaster. 

“Members of the South African Police Service and all law enforcement agencies will continue to apply fundamental policing principles, guided by the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa. All law enforcements officers on duty will enforce the law at all times and at all places of deployment.

“Each and every member deployed has a responsibility and an obligation to execute their respective mandates professionally, impartially and with integrity,” said the NATJOINTS.

SAnews.gov.za

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