The South African Police Service (SAPS) in the province noted with concern message doing the rounds on various social media platforms notifying Mahikeng community about the so called “Mahikeng Total Shutdown” on Wednesday, 7 July 2021.

Members of the community are urged to ignore this message, which is meant to mobilise them to take part in an illegal activity. Law abiding citizens are advised to respect the rule of law and not to participate in actions that are destined to undermine and challenge the authority of the State.

The use of social media platforms to encourage, incite and mobilise others to commit crime is therefore discouraged. Furthermore, the police will not tolerate any criminality or action that is intended to cause destruction of properties including Essential Infrastructure and disruption of basic services. “We are therefore calling upon all members of the community to not only avoid being part of any action that is intended to undermine or challenge the authority of the State, but to report all criminal acts to the police”, said Lieutenant General Sello Kwena.