The inauguration of President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Union Buildings.

The inauguration of President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Union Buildings. Image: X/@Our_DA

Fraudulent attempt for presidential inauguration accreditation leads to arrest

NATJOINTS arrested a Zimbabwean national while attempting to obtain accreditation using the identity document of a deceased person.

The inauguration of President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Union Buildings.

The inauguration of President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Union Buildings. Image: X/@Our_DA

The National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (NATJOINTS) is leaving nothing to chance as South Africa prepares for the inauguration of Honourable Cyril Ramaphosa as President. The agency has already demonstrated its commitment to maintaining law and order with the recent arrest of a foreign national at the accreditation centre.

Immediate action against fraud

On 17 June, a Zimbabwean national was apprehended while attempting to obtain inauguration accreditation using the identity document of a deceased person. “Our integrated systems immediately detected that this individual was using an identity document of a deceased person,” stated Brigadier Athlenda Mathe, a NATJOINTS spokesperson.

Furthermore, the suspect has been charged with fraud and contravention of the immigration act and remains in police custody. This swift action underscores the agency’s vigilance and capability to tackle criminal activities promptly.

Preparations for a safe inauguration

Today, Chief Justice will officially swear in Honourable Cyril Ramaphosa as the Head of State and President of the Republic of South Africa at the Union Buildings. NATJOINTS is confident in the security measures implemented for this significant event.

“We are fully satisfied that all security measures that have been put in place ahead of this ceremony are sufficient and adequate,” Mathe affirmed.

NATJOINTS has played a crucial role in ensuring a secure environment during the elections, the first sitting of the National Assembly, and the nine Provincial Legislatures.

Comprehensive security measures

NATJOINTS’ integrated plan covers various aspects such as venue security, traffic control, border security, and crowd management. This extensive plan, currently being implemented across Gauteng province, includes heightened police visibility and the deployment of all operational units to maintain order.

“We have our high, medium, and low-risk units all deployed to execute their respective mandate within the confines of the law,” noted Mathe.

Additionally, traffic management involves coordinated efforts from the Tshwane, Ekurhuleni, and Johannesburg Metro Police Departments, along with National Traffic officials. They are directing traffic and enforcing road safety measures to ensure smooth transportation for attendees.

To further bolster security, SAPS has deployed crime prevention officers and Public Order Policing units to patrol, conduct stop-and-search operations, and set up roadblocks. Emergency medical services are also on standby to handle any medical emergencies.

Vigilance against potential threats

The area around the Union Buildings has been declared a restricted no-fly zone, monitored by the SAPS Airwing, South African Air Force, and South African National Defence Force, ensuring no unauthorized drones or aircraft enter the airspace.

NATJOINTS has also been monitoring social media for inflammatory messages and potential unrest.

“Those who are found to be engaging themselves with online mobilisation for unrest and violence will be charged under the Cyber Crime Act 19 of 2020,” warned Mathe.

In a final call for unity, NATJOINTS encouraged South Africans to welcome international guests warmly.