CAPE TOWN – The National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (NATJOINTS) has put measures in place to ensure a safe and secure delivery of the State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the Cape Town City Hall on Thursday, 10 February 2022.
Security forces have been deployed and are on high alert to ensure that the SONA takes place in a secure environment, with no incidents of crime before, during and post the SONA.
To this end, the NATJOINTS is calling for the cooperation of the public, including those who will be in attendance as well as spectators.
Any action aimed at disrupting the SONA or intentionally contravening the law, will be dealt with accordingly within the ambit of the law.
The NATJOINTS has further directed all law enforcement agencies securing the SONA to execute their duties according to their Constitutional mandate and within relevant prescripts.
Relating to aviation security, a Notice to all Airmen (NOTAM) has been issued by the Civil Aviation Authority which restricts the airspace within 1,5 nautical miles from the Cape Town City Hall on the 10th February 2022 between 13:00 up to 00:00.
Only the South African Air Force (SAAF) will have flexible use of airspace during this period.
Residents of Cape Town, spectators and those who are operating businesses around the Cape Town City Hall are advised about road closures ahead of the delivery of the President’s State of the Nation Address.
“It is important to emphasize that those who are not accredited or authorized to be in attendance, should avoid the area around the Cape Town City Hall on Thursday, 10 February 2022,” the statement reads.