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State of readiness for the State Memorial Service of Mr FW De Klerk

Media Statement from the National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (NatJOINTS)

CAPE TOWN - Since the passing of the former Deputy President Mr FW De Klerk, the National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (NatJOINTS) have been meeting regularly in preparation for the state memorial service scheduled to take place on Sunday, 12 December 2021, at the Groote Kerk in Cape Town, in compliance with the Covid-19 Alert Level 1 regulations.

The structure, comprising of all law enforcement agencies at both National and Provincial levels as well as various other government departments, formed part of the planning team to ensure the smooth running of the state memorial service.

The NatJOINTS has assessed the state of readiness and preparedness of all law enforcement agencies and is satisfied with the plans which include security plans, route security, and access control of all the relevant departments.

Invited guests who will be attending the state memorial service are urged to conduct themselves in an orderly and responsible manner. Attendees are also encouraged to cooperate with law enforcement officers and exercise patience in a bid to ensure that all participants are able mourn in a safe and secure environment.

In line with the Covid-19 Adjusted Alert Level 1 protocols, attendees are reminded to wear their masks at all times and practice social distancing. Attendees are also advised that hand sanitizer stations will be available at all key points at the venue.

Members of the public are cautioned against committing illegal acts as law enforcement agencies will not hesitate to act against anyone who conducts themselves in an unlawful manner.

The anticipated road closures from Saturday, 11 December 2021 – 12 December 2021are as follows:

  • Groote Kerk
  • Bureau and Spin Street between Adderley Street and Plein Street from 06:00 on Sunday, 12 December 2021.
  • Parliament Street between Parliament Precinct and Church Square from 06:00 on Sunday, 12 December 2021.
  • Adderley Street (one lane nearest to Groote Kerk) between Parliament Precinct and Longmarket Street from 17:00 on Saturday, 11 December 2021 till end of the Event on Sunday, 12 December 2021.

We are confident that all attendees irrespective of race, colour, creed and/or political affiliation will come together harmoniously to honour the late Deputy President.


Colonel Athlenda Mathe
082 040 8808‚Äč