SONA 2021

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SONA 2021: Security measures revealed, demonstrators warned

With NATJOINTS coordinating all security and law enforcement for SONA 2021, one thing is for sure, there will be limited access in and around Parliament precinct.

SONA 2021

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The National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (NATJOINTS) has coordinated all security and law enforcement for the President Cyril Ramaphosa’s annual State of the Nation Address (SONA) which will be held on 11 February 2021. So far, it is satisfied with the progress being made with its security planning.

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The NATJOINTS comprises of various departments such as the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), Cape Town Metro Police and Law Enforcement, Intelligence Coordinating Committee, Department of Health, ESKOM and the City of Cape Town including the South African Police Service (SAPS).


Colonel Brenda Muridili, in a statement, said there will be limited access in areas surrounding Parliament as there will be road closures and parking restrictions. Temporary fencing will be set up and perpetrators will face criminal charges should they be caught tampering with the fencing or trying to breach it in any way.

“Only people with valid accreditation will be allowed into restricted areas in and around Parliament on the day of the event,” said Muridili. 

There is also a no-fly zone over 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) permitted in the restricted airspace,” added Muridili. 

While demonstrators have been warned to do so in the confines of the law, they are being catered for in designated areas only. For this purpose, speakers’ corners have been set up in the following areas:

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

“We call 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,” said Muridili. 

“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 enforcement 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,” added Muridili. 


Muridili said road closures for SONA 2021 will take place on Thursday from 6:00 t0 23:00. The following road closures, as communicated by police, can be seen below: 

  • 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 22:00 past end of Nieuw Meester Parking Area; and
  • Government Lane, Wale until Gallery Lane. 

Parking Restrictions (2021-02-11 from 00:00 to 23:59)

  • 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 Elevated Freeway.