South African Protests Continue as Demonstrators Call for the President to Resign
Associated Press, March 20, 2023
South African police on Monday monitored protests by the country’s leftist Economic Freedom Fighters party, which is demanding the resignation of President Cyril Ramaphosa.
The party urged all South Africans to participate in a national shutdown but there was limited response in most of the country’s major cities.
At least 87 people were arrested for public violence and related offenses by Monday, police said.
“At least 24,300 tires have been confiscated by law enforcement agencies. These were tires that were strategically placed for acts of criminality,” said police spokeswoman Athlenda Mathe.
Some protest marches were noted in various areas including Alexandra and Tembisa townships, east of Johannesburg.
Several roads leading to the center of the eastern suburb Kempton Park were closed as protesters marched to voice their grievances.